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BREAKING NEWS ~ Senate confirms Samuel Alito to Supreme Court

[JURIST] The US Senate has approved the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] to serve as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42 [roll call vote]. Alito will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her retirement [JURIST report] last July.

12:08 PM ET - Alito will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts [JURIST news archive] at a private ceremony later Tuesday. A ceremonial swearing-in will take place at the White House on Wednesday. AP has more.

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