Alito outlines possible conservative agenda for U.S. high court

November 18, 2016


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday laid out a possible agenda for the U.S. Supreme Court if it regains its conservative majority as expected after Donald Trump takes office, citing gun rights and religious freedom as among key issues it will tackle in the coming years.

Alito, one of the court’s two most conservative justices along with Clarence Thomas, pointed to freedom of speech and a disruption of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers caused by federal agencies expanding their authority at the expense of the U.S. Congress as other “constitutional fault lines” that could come before the court.

Speaking at a meeting of the Federalist Society, a group of conservative lawyers, Alito paid tribute to Antonin Scalia, the conservative justice who died in February. Senate Republicans, in an action with little precedent in U.S. history, refused to act on Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia, Merrick Garland, in the hope that a Republican would win the Nov. 8 presidential election and make the appointment.

Trump, a Republican who takes office on Jan. 20, is set to make the pick, which would restore a fifth conservative vote on the nine-seat court that currently is evenly split with four liberals and four conservatives.

On freedom of speech, Alito, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush in 2006, referred to college campus culture that conservatives say stifles free speech to avoid offending political sensibilities on matters such as gender, race and religion.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    I’m glad to see some of the Supreme Court justices still believe we need to follow the Constitution as written and ratified. Our Constitution can solve a lot of problems if it is followed. Each branch of government needs to do the job the Constitution assigns to it. The powers not specifically granted to the federal government REMAINS with the states.

    If the Supreme Court can help get everyone straight on who does what they will do a great service to all people.

  • Webb says:

    Its Way Past Time To Put a Halt Of All of The ABC Agencies…Curtail Their Powers! Hopefully Two Or Three Conservative Justices Will be appointed to The Supreme Court…
    So Far Trump Is Keeping His Word…Appointing Conservatives to His Cabinet, Jeff Sessions To Be AG…

  • Karll says:

    Good for Alito. Now we’ll see if 0bama tries to sneak his
    leftist radical in without Congressional approval.

    1. yellowjacket2 says:

      Keep in mind, people seem to have forgotten that Congress has the authority, and the obligation, to remove any Supreme Court Justice, so long as they have the votes. And it would seem that they do.

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