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Alito speaks of federalism, GPS devices and learning nothing in Con Law

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was the featured speaker at a the Federalist Society’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner last night, and according to event attendee and FantasySCOTUS.net founder Josh Blackman, the justice touched on everything from his days as a Yale Law student to his thoughts on the health care challenge.

According to Blackman, Alito said his experience as a student of Constitutional Law professor and counterculturalist Charles Reich was less than stellar, and that he “learned nothing.” “Alito joked that his opponents will seize this story as proof of why he doesn’t understand constitutional law,” Blackman observed.

Touching on last term’s Supreme Court cases, Alito reinforced the notion that the Court isn’t too keen on the idea of GPS devices being placed on everyone’s car, and said that Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., in his argument in the health care case, “attempted to land a one-two punch that would have sent federalism to the mat.”

More of Josh’s lengthy observations here. As always, get more Supreme Court news from Lawyers USA’s Supreme Court Report.

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