Alito's first vote: splits from conservatives

Well, Alito has cast his first vote, and he voted against the block of Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas. The case was an inmate asking for a stay of execution claiming cruel and unusual punishment, and Alito voted with the other 5 to block the execution.

FWIW - Jeff

THE SKY IS FAL… oh.

BUSH’S APPOINTEES WILL OVERTURN FREED… oh.

Huh.

He’s just warming up!

He did it while punching a puppy, though.

What’s the case name?

Don’t recall - quick scan, here’s a link:

Not quite. The case was the state of Missouri seeking to overturn a stay of execution that had been granted to the inmate by a lower court earlier in the day. It’s a subtle difference, but, at least to me, makes his vote not that surprising.

CRAWFORD, DIR., MO DOC, ET AL. V. TAYLOR, MICHAEL A. (on page 4)

A good Christian does not support the death penalty.

Neither does a good legal theorist. But neither of those have much to do with the matter at hand.

Point Taken.

On the scale of important decisions I’m afraid of him voting the wrong way on, this one doesn’t even rate mention. Compared to executive power and abortion rights, I just don’t give a damn. Wake me up when he votes towards the left on something more substantial.

We’ll just have to see. So far his voting record has been pretty pro-abortion.