Shalom Stone, a Republican lawyer from New Jersey, is the White House choice to fill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s seat on the 3rd Circuit. The nomination was made without input from the state's two Democratic senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. The senators were unhappy about being shut out of the selection process and about President Bush abandoning the presumptive nominee, U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, who was the lead prosecutor in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
N.J. Republican Lawyer Nominated to Fill Alito Seat on 3rd Circuit
New Jersey Law Journal
July 19, 2007