In a speech last week to a group of New York judges and attorneys, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. stressed the importance of judicial independence. "I think this is one of the times in our history when there are some real threats to the federal and state judiciary, and I don't think I'm being too much of an alarmist to say that we could be not too far from the tipping point when an accumulation of things does real damage to these vital institutions," Alito said.
Alito: Threat to Judicial Independence at Historic High
New York Law Journal
October 4, 2006