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Monday, October 31, 2005

Alito

The People For the American Way (PFAW) have an info sheet up about Alito. It's here. (Warning: That's a PDF file).

Even the Associated Press is admitting that Alito is very conservative, and they've made reference to his nicknames, Scalito" and "Scalia-lite."

I'm really worried about this guy:

In 2001, Alito authored a decision in Saxe v. State that declared unconstitutional a public school district policy that prohibited harassment against students because of their sexual orientation or other characteristics, according to Lambda. The policy focused only on harassment that had the purpose or effect of interfering with a student's educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Nonetheless, Alito reasoned that the policy was unconstitutional because it could cover what he called "simple acts of teasing and name-calling." Many LGBT students report that they are subjected to verbal harassment; LGBT students are at heightened risk for dropping out of school because of harassment and discrimination. [link]

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