Eighteen months into his tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has one small complaint. During oral argument, the Court's junior justice said in a talk on Tuesday at Pepperdine University School of Law, his colleagues are so inquisitive that "it's extremely difficult to get a question in." Describing the Court's internal deliberation process, Alito said the justices speak and cast votes in order of seniority. "By the time they get to me, I'm either irrelevant or very important," he said.
Alito Reflects on His Role on the High Court
August 9, 2007