Bench Memos

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Demagoguery cont.


Goodwin Liu, a former Ginsburg clerk, is now telling Senators (yes, Teddy K is here!) that a memo the young Sam Alito wrote in the Reagan Administration shows a dangerous proclivity to defer to the government in allowing the states to make their own policies as to when police use of deadly force against fleeing felons is permissible. “Liberty is not safe where police can shoot and kill an unarmed boy,” he says. Of course, Mr. Liu is conveniently ignoring that the memo Sam Alito wrote contained the same analysis that Justice O’Connor used in her opinion when the Supreme Court ruled on the case.


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