In a speech to the Federalist Society, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. spoke of the importance of judges interpreting "what the law is and not what it should be." He stood up for his newest colleague, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who he said had been criticized during her confirmation hearings for saying that her tenure on the high court would be characterized by fidelity to the law. Alito also discussed Ricci v. DeStefano, a case that became one of the primary themes of Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.
Alito Praises Fidelity to the Law, Defends Sotomayor
The National Law Journal
November 16, 2009