[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.