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Interest groups clash as Alito hearings approach

[JURIST] With Senate confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] scheduled to begin Monday [JURIST report], more interest groups and other organizations are voicing their views on the nomination. The Alliance for Justice [advocacy website] released a 168 page report [PDF] Wednesday chronicling Alito's decision-making history, concluding that his opinions would "drive the Supreme Court sharply to the right." Other liberal groups, including the AFL-CIO and the NAACP, announced [JURIST report] Tuesday that they are preparing a series of television ads critical of Alito's credibility and integrity. In contrast, a group of appellate attorneys, former DOJ prosecutors, and law professors have signed a letter [PDF] in praise of his "fair, thoughtful, and rigorous opinions."

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