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Judge Samuel Alito & the First Amendment: an Online Symposium
News release: First Amendment Center Web site offers expert analyses

First Amendment Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An online symposium that examines rulings and written opinions on a variety of First Amendment issues by Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is now available on the First Amendment Center’s Web site,

President George W. Bush nominated Alito to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Alito served 15 years on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings Jan. 9 on the nomination.

An overview of Judge Alito’s judicial record, by the First Amendment Center’s Ronald K.L. Collins and David L. Hudson Jr., is included in the symposium materials. Contributors, and areas of Alito’s record that are discussed, include:

  • Robert Corn-Revere, lawyer and author: Alito and First Amendment protection of sexual expression
  • Mark Goodman, director of the Student Press Law Center: Alito’s opinions reveal a respect for student speech
  • Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar, First Amendment Center: Alito is religion-friendly, but how far will he go?
  • Bruce Johnson, lawyer and author: Alito as judge: Paid speech is also free speech
  • Robert O’Neil, director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression: Alito repudiated speech code
  • Gayle Sproul, lawyer and author: Alito and the law of defamation
  • Collins: Alito as government lawyer: ‘84 broadcast-regulation case
  • Hudson: Alito has history of rejecting prisoner First Amendment claims

    “The contributors are among the nation’s top experts on various First Amendment issues," said Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center. “Their observations and analyses contribute thoughtful, nonpartisan information and perspective to the national discussion on this most important nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

    The site also has a hyperlinked list of Alito’s majority opinions, and the opinions he participated in that were issued in the name of the court rather than specific justice or justices (“per curiam” opinions).

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