President Bush Nominates Judge Alito to U.S. Supreme Court

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In his second choice to replace the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, President Bush has returned to the formula that worked for him in his selection of Chief Justice Roberts.

Rowan Political Science Professor Available for Media Commentary

In his second choice to replace the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, President Bush has returned to the formula that worked for him in his selection of Chief Justice Roberts. "Judge Samuel Alito is, in effect, John Roberts with a paper trail," says Rowan University political science professor Dr. Larry Butler. "By all accounts, he is a well-respected judge with conservative views but a moderate temperament."

"The Democratic opposition will likely focus on that paper trail in its efforts to defeat his nomination," continues Dr. Butler. "Among the decisions from Judge Alito's fifteen years on the court of appeals, initial attention is likely to focus on his dissent in the 1991 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey." Alito's opinion would have allowed state governments to place more regulations on abortion than the Supreme Court eventually permitted.

Dr. Larry Butler is the author of Claiming the Mantle: How Presidential Nominations are Won and Lost Before the Votes are Cast (Westview Press). He has also written articles on the judicial nomination process for The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper and has done election forecasting and analysis for various groups in the D.C. area. He holds a doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University, master?s degrees in political science and economics from George Washington University and George Mason University, respectively, and a bachelor?s degree in economics from Washington & Lee University.

Butler is experienced in dealing with the media. He has been interviewed by newspaper, radio and television reporters alike in the tri-state and Richmond areas.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Butler, contact the Rowan University Relations Department at 856-256-4240.

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