Alito and Discrimination
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law worries (with good reason) that Judge Alito, if confirmed, would further erode the Supreme Court's willingness to interpret civil rights laws as Congress intended: to benefit victims of discrimination.
During his 15 years on the bench and participation in thousands of cases, Judge Alito has never written an employment discrimination opinion in favor of an African American on the merits of their race claim. Judge Alito attempted to downplay this point by referencing five cases where he was supposedly supportive of race-based claims. However, our research revealed that these five cases do not support the argument made by Judge Alito and his supporters.
The full text of the Lawyers' Committee's Senate testimony is here (pdf).
They urge Senators who value the protection of civil rights, and effective measures for the full participation of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, to vote against cloture and to vote in opposition to the nomination of Judge Alito.
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