Alito's family trouble

Judge Alito loves his own family. It's just everyone else's he has a problem with.

Published October 31, 2005 10:12PM (EST)

We have no reason to doubt that Judge Alito is, as people close to him say, a mild-mannered, generous man who dotes on his family. It's just other people's wives and daughters he seems to have a problem with: See this from Slate's Dahlia Lithwick, emphasis ours: "You'll hear a lot about some of Alito's other decisions in the coming days, including his vote to limit Congress' power to ban even machine-gun possession, and his ruling that broadened police search powers to include the right to strip-search a drug dealer's wife and 10-year-old daughter -- although they were not mentioned in the search warrant."

Lithwick also points out that Alito isn't big on helping victims of sex discrimination and doesn't much like the Family and Medical Leave Act. But they still call him a family man.

By Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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