Samuel Alito on Corporations
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005)
Now, normally the justices express no emotion durin the president's speech--no applauding, no sniggering, no eye-rolling. But Obama's mention of the campaign finance decision--Obama said American elections would be "bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities"--caused Associate Justice Samuel Alito's expression to go dark as he shook his head and appeared to say "Simply not true."
In the wake of the court's recent decision, Democrats are hustling to craft legislation that would limit corporate political advertising --especially for corporations with foreign connections.
If such legislation is ever signed into law, it'll be fun to watch as it goes to the Supreme Court (which it surely would)--especially to see what Justice Alito would have to say about it.
OnTheIssues explanation: Roberts, Scalia & Alito concurred; Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer, & Sotomayor partly dissented (on grounds that electioneering spending is not protected free speech); Thomas partly dissented (on grounds that anonymous spending is protected free speech).
ALITO: This was a monopolization case. 3M was not selling the product below its cost. 3M, because of its scale or because it was more efficient, was able to produce its product more cheaply. That factor persuaded us that there wasn’t sufficient evidence of monopolization here.
A railroad employee complained that the configuration of locomotives he had been assigned was unsafe because it required excessive use of an independent handbrake. Told to run the configuration as it was, the engineer after 10 hours of work injured his hand while using the handbrake. He never recovered full use of his hand and sued the railroad under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).
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Samuel Alito(since 2006)
Stephen Breyer(since 1994)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg(since 1993)
Elena Kagan(since 2010)
Anthony Kennedy(since 1988)
John Roberts(since 2005)
Sonia Sotomayor(since 2009)
Clarence Thomas(since 1991)
Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
John Paul Stevens(1975-2010)
Sandra Day O'Connor(1981-2006)
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