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Specter on Alito’s privacy and precedent answers



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Chairman Specter, during a break in the hearing just now, said in front of the TV camera bank in the hallway that Chief Justice Roberts set a good standard on saying that he would comment about cases which had been decided and were not likely to come back before the Court, like Griswold. But, he said, Judge Alito “has gone farther and I think that’s given a lot more substance to these hearings. … I think Judge Alito went farther than Chief Justice Roberts did. He dwelt quite extensively on the precedent issue.”. Chairman Specter’s satisfaction with Judge Alito’s fulsome answers to the privacy and precedent questions should also be a great reassurance to Senators Chafee, Snowe, and to many moderate Democrats.



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