Samuel Alito: Frat Boy Justice

Stay classy, Mr. Justice:

The most remarkable thing about the Supreme Court’s opinions announced Monday was not what the justices wrote or said. It was what Samuel Alito did.

The associate justice, a George W. Bush appointee, read two
opinions, both 5-4 decisions that split the court along its usual
right-left divide. But Alito didn’t stop there. When Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, Alito visibly mocked his
colleague.

Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the high court, was making her
argument about how the majority opinion made it easier for sexual
harassment to occur in the workplace when Alito, seated immediately to
Ginsburg’s left, shook his head from side to side in disagreement,
rolled his eyes and looked at the ceiling.

His treatment of the
80-year-old Ginsburg, 17 years his elder and with 13 years more
seniority, was a curious display of judicial temperament or, more
accurately, judicial intemperance. Typically, justices state their
differences in words — and Alito, as it happens, had just spoken several
hundred of his own from the bench. But he frequently supplements words
with middle-school gestures.

Talk about an arrogant display of dickishness worthy of the man who appointed him, President Beavis. What’s next, Sammy? Towel snapping? Whoopie cushion placement?

I know, bring a beer bong and get plastered on the bench for the next opinion you disagree with. Beyond boorishness, this is an example of poor sportsmanship as well as ageism, sexism, and several other isms that will occur to me later. YOUR SIDE WON.

Show a little humility instead of acting like a better educated version of your fellow New Jerseyan, Juicy Joe Giudice.

3 thoughts on “Samuel Alito: Frat Boy Justice

  1. Peregwyn says:

    His behavior was example #1 of why this case was brought in the first place.

  2. thebewilderness says:

    The odd thing about this display is that had it happened in another workplace there quite likely would have a reprimand for harassing a colleague during a presentation.

  3. MichaelF says:

    Sad to say, this doesn’t surprise me at all. Alito’s just the latest example of the Repubs making high schoolers seem mature in comparison.
    Over at Rising Hegemon, I commented that it makes me recall Sam’s extended hissy fit during the confirmation hearings. If I remember right, he claimed his membership in some sort of exclusionary association was in part motivated by fears of the impending revolution…as if.
    That alone should have resulted in his being laughed out of the room and a big thumbs down…

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