Alito Fights to Get His Questions In
Posted Aug 9, 2007 5:31 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice finds his colleagues a little too talkative during oral arguments.
"I's extremely difficult to get a question in," said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. in televised remarks he made at Pepperdine University School of Law in California. As a result, he finds he has to ask his questions when the opportunity presents itself, even if it changes the subject, according to a story by Legal Times.
Alito said the current court has "the greatest proportion of former law professors" in history, and suggested that may be the reason for their love of questions.
He also said his position as junior justice means he is the last to indicate his vote in closed-door deliberations. “By the time they get to me, I'm either irrelevant or very important,” he said.