Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., like his predecessor Sandra Day O'Connor, has joined the justices' so-called "cert pool" -- leaving John Paul Stevens once again as the only justice not participating in the controversial case-pooling arrangement. Alito confirmed his action in response to a query from Legal Times. With eight of nine justices participating, critics have said that the arrangement gives too much power to individual clerks to determine the fate of incoming cases.
Justice Alito Joins Cert Pool Party
April 7, 2006