Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has decided to join Justice John Paul Stevens and jump out of the "cert pool," the Court's long-standing law clerk pooling arrangement. Alito has said in the past that he was satisfied with the system, so what changed his mind? It might have to do with the miniscule role that junior justices like Alito get to play in influencing which petitions get discussed at the Court's private conferences.
Justice Alito Changes Mind, Gets Out of the Pool
September 29, 2008