Alito nomination to be opposed in new liberal advocacy ad campaign

[JURIST] A coalition of liberal interest groups has announced a new series of television commercials aimed at derailing the nomination of Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the Supreme Court. The ads, to be officially unveiled Wednesday, will question Alito's integrity and credibility, rather than his voting record as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings [JURIST report] next Monday and Alito can expect to be questioned on a variety of issues, including abortion [AP report] and other issues raised after the US National Archives released several controversial documents last month. Those documents included a memo [PDF text] arguing that the Attorney General should be immune to suits over illegal wiretaps [JURIST report], and a statement [PDF text; JURIST report] suggesting that Roe v. Wade be overturned. The alliance includes the AFL-CIO [press release; Alito review], the NAACP [PDF press release], the People for the American Way [advocacy website], the Alliance for Justice [affiliated Supreme Court Watch website], and the Sierra Club [press release], among others. Tuesday's New York Times has more.

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