Partisan vote disturbing


Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 11:24 p.m.
The recent vote along strict party lines by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court is disturbing.
While the desire for a "truly independent judiciary" is perhaps both idealistic and mythical, shouldn't our nation's leaders seek to find someone who has the support of a politically more diverse populace and whose past decisions reflect greater support for the checking power of the courts?
Judge Alito's past votes indicate that he supports strengthening the executive branch and protecting executive officials from challenges to their decisions.
Given the controversies related to executive power under various presidential administrations representing both major parties, empowerment of that branch (which likely would be allowed should Alito join the Supreme Court) would seriously jeopardize the checks and balances principles of the Constitution.
Judge Alito seems to be a fine man and dedicated official, but he is not the best choice for a Supreme Court justice.
Dwight L. Schmidt, Gainesville

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