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Alito faces criticism from alma mater

Nov. 13, 2005 at 11:39 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Some students and professors at Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s alma mater are hard at work to defeat his nomination to the Supreme Court.

If the past is any guide, the bond between the conservative judge and Yale Law School -- which has traditionally attracted liberal students and faculty members -- is about to be tested, The New York Times reported.

"There is a chunk of the population, probably a majority," said Ian Bassin, a founder of the group Law Students Against Alito, "who does not want this guy on the Supreme Court."

The newspaper said Alito will likely face some of the hostility that met the last two Supreme Court nominees with connections to the school, Judge Robert H. Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas.

Faculty members testified on both sides both times -- but professors, students and alumni say the school was generally opposed to their nominations. Thomas was thought to be unqualified, and Judge Bork's views were considered too extreme.

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