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WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senator Lindsey Grahams questionable coaching of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito should be embarrassing to the Republican juggernaut massed behind Alito. Now theres word of another screw-up.
Cathy Fleming, who worked for Alito when he was U.S. attorney in New Jersey, was scheduled to testify for him tomorrow. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback had put a letter from her into the record just to show Alito isnt biased against individuals rights in favor of those for business and government.
Brownback mentioned Fleming at the hearing, noting, "And then here's a letter from another individual who worked with you, Cathy Fleming, life-long Democrat--president-elect, National Women's Bar Association--gives an unqualified endorsement of you. And she says, "But by providing my credentials as an outspoken women's rights advocate and liberal-minded criminal defense attorney, I hope you will appreciate the significance of my unqualified and enthusiastic recommendation of Sam Alito for the Supreme Court."
Sounds good, but. . . Oops! Fleming's group, actually called the National Association of Women Lawyers, had examined Alito's writings, including his judicial record" and found the judge "has shown a disinclination to protect or advance women's rights. The group also said Alito's "jurisprudence in the area of women's rights has not been restrained," that "he has too often engaged in strained legal reasoning to effect a narrowing of women's rights beyond the intent of statutes and precedent."