Turley Against Alito

by Jonathan H. Adler

Jonathan Turley has an over-the-top op-ed opposing Alito’s confirmation today, accusing Alito of “extreme views of government authority,” making him “a dangerous addition to the court in already dangerous times for our constitutional system.” Turley claims that Alito sides with the government almost reflexively, and therefore ignores government abuse of citizens rights. Turley focuses on a few criminal procedure cases, but spends little time with Alito’s broader record, and makes no effort to address Alito’s votes in divided cases where he opposed the assertion of government power at issue, including assertions of power by executive agencies.