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 Samuel Alito - “The role of a practicing attorney is to achieve a desirable result for the client in the particular case at hand. But a judge can't think that way. A judge can't have any agenda, a judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case and a judge certainly doesn't have a client.”
 Samuel Alito - “If I had received any information at any point regarding any of the matters you referred to ... I would never have had anything to do with it.”
 Samuel Alito - “I would try to emulate her dedication and her integrity and her dedication to the case-by-case process of adjudication.”
 Samuel Alito - “A judge can't have any agenda. A judge can't have a preferred outcome in any particular case.”
 Samuel Alito - “Private religious speech can't be discriminated against. It has to be treated equally with secular speech.”
 Samuel Alito - “If I'm confirmed, I'll be myself.”
 Samuel Alito - “I'm not any kind of a bigot, I'm not.”
 Samuel Alito - “I did it because that's what I thought the law required.”
 Samuel Alito - “The things that I said in the 1985 memo were a true expression of my views at the time from my vantage point as an attorney in the Solicitor General's office. But that was 20 years ago and a great deal has happened in the case law since then.”
 Samuel Alito - “I have been a judge for 15 years and I've made up my own mind during all that time.”
 Samuel Alito - “That was a statement that I made at a prior period of time when I was performing a different role and, as I said yesterday, when someone becomes a judge you really have to put aside the things you did as a lawyer at prior points in your legal career.”
 Samuel Alito - “This is not an ordinary lawsuit, and the issues may consequently take on added significance.”
 Samuel Alito - “The district court's opinion ... is subject to two interpretations, neither of which has a sound legal basis.”
 Samuel Alito - “A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation - is to the rule of law.”
 Samuel Alito - “A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge's only obligation and it's a solemn obligation is to the rule of law.”
 Samuel Alito - “Judicial review after a final decision is the general rule. You're assuming bad faith on the part of those making these decisions.”
 Samuel Alito - “I think if anybody looks at my record on the court of appeals, they can get an idea about the way I approach the work of being a judge. And that's what I would try to do on the Supreme Court.”
 Samuel Alito - “I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.”
 Samuel Alito - “None of the legal issues presented by this case seems to warrant Supreme Court review.”
 Samuel Alito - “This is a way for me to make a contribution to the country and society.”
 Samuel Alito - “The president has to follow the Constitution. No one is above the law.”
 Samuel Alito - “Congress was acutely aware that for more than a decade before the passage of these laws, every attempt to close or realign a major base in this country had been blocked by Congress itself or by the courts. Congress undoubtedly recognized that objective and prompt decisions concerning base closings are vitally important, particularly at a time of budgetary problems and rapidly changing defense needs.”
 Samuel Alito - “The constitution divides the powers related to making war between the president and the Congress. It gives Congress the power to declare war. It gives Congress the power of the purse.”
 Samuel Alito - “I have been committed to carrying out my duties... in accordance with both the letter and spirit of all applicable rules of ethics and canons of conduct.”
 Samuel Alito - “There is no categorical 'harassment exception' to the First Amendment's free speech clause. There is of course no question that non-expressive, physically harassing conduct is entirely outside the ambit of the free speech clause. But there is also no question that the free speech clause protects a wide variety of speech that listeners may consider deeply offensive, including statements that impugn another's race or national origin or that denigrate religious beliefs.”

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