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THE SENATE FLOOR was not the only forum for contentious debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito. A lively disagreement on his record occurred as well during a Penn Law panel discussion in January.

Former Alito clerk Thomas Gentile, a partner at Lampf, Lipkin, Prupis and Pettigrow, praised Alito’s character and judicial restraint, while Penn Law Professor David Rudovsky criticized him for employing a conservative agenda that colored his decisions.

Alito won Senate confirmation on January 31, more than two weeks after this program.

“(Alito) tends to side with the government in virtually every case,” said Rudovsky, who is also a noted civil rights and criminal defense attorney. “He gives enormous deference to executive power and law enforcement … (and) has shown a rather strong hostility to claims of reproductive freedom.”

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