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Monday, January 09, 2006

 

WaPo: Alito in 1988 interview defends Bork, Meese

In this 1988 video excerpt, Samuel A. Alito Jr. (seen at left being sworn in today at his Senate confirmation hearing) comments on the defeat of Robert H. Bork as President Reagan's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Alito made the comments in a 1988 interview on Front Page New Jersey, a public affairs television program of NJN News, New Jersey's public television network.

Alito, who at the time was U.S. attorney for New Jersey, was interviewed by NJN News senior political correspondent Michael Aron.


In the interview, Alito says Robert Bork was one of the most competent Supreme Court nominees of the century, with an "unequaled intellect" and understanding of constitutional history. He says Bork was "unjustifiably rejected." Alito also says his boss at the time, Attorney General Edwin Meese was "extremely capable" and a "nice human being."

Source: Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive.

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