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Still More on Knight Ridder Article


Jeffrey N. Wasserstein, a former Alito clerk who describes himself as “a registered Democrat who supports progressive causes,” has written this op-ed repudiating the Knight Ridder portrayal of Alito as a results-oriented ideologue.

As the Knight Ridder article notes, in addition to Alito’s former law clerks, his colleagues on the Third Circuit—who have worked closely with him, read the same briefs, listened to the same arguments, and deliberated with him in conference—also reject the Knight Ridder caricature. But the Knight Ridder reporters somehow imagine that their crude statistical sorting of Alito’s opinions offers credible—and deeper—insight into Alito the judge.


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