Samuel Alito dissents. A frustrating few months for the conservative justice

Samuel Alito dissents. A frustrating few months for the conservative justice

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter When the Supreme Court term began last fall, judicial conservatives were hoping that the court’s strong 5-4 majority, bolstered by two of President Donald Trump’s nominees, would deliver a clean sweep for conservatives on hot button issues. Instead, with 13 cases remaining, the court in recent weeks has blocked Trump’s efforts to terminate DACA , issued a landmark opinion in favor of LGBTQ rights and left court watchers wondering what’s next. Justice Samuel Alito dissented in both cases. Although Alito penned a victory for the government in an immigration case last week, and he may deliver wins for the right in other areas such as religious liberty before the term is over, his unhappiness with the court’s direction has been palpable. The 70-year-old George W. Bush nominee, who joined the court in 2006, has drawn upon unusually strong language of late to make his point, picked a part the majority’s reasoning in writing, and on one occasion dominated oral arguments to press his perspective. In short, Alito has not been shy to express his frustration. LGBTQ rights under the Civil Rights Act Justice Neil Gorsuch stunned conservatives on June 15 when he and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices to deliver a landmark win to LGBTQ Americans. At issue in the case was a 1964 civil rights law that barred workplace discrimination "because of" sex. The 6-3 majority interpreted the law to encompass claims of sexual orientation and […]

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