Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Quotes from first day of Alito hearings

CNN Law has a good collection of Alito quotes from the first day.

Here is my favorite so far:

I don't think that foreign law is helpful in interpreting the Constitution.
Our Constitution does two basic things: It sets out the structure of our
government and it protects fundamental rights.

The structure of our government is unique to our country, and so I don't think that looking to decisions of supreme courts of other countries or constitutional courts in other countries is very helpful. ...

As for the protection of individual rights, I think that we should look to our own Constitution and our own precedents. Our country has been the leader in protecting individual rights. ... We have our own law. We have our own traditions. ...

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