January 28th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Hatch says Alito showed 'judicial restraint'

(CNN) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a member of the Senate Judiciary committee and its former chairman, issued a statement Thursday defending Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's reaction to President Obama's criticism during the State of the Union Address:

"President Obama last night wildly mischaracterized the Supreme Court's decision. As a former constitutional law professor, he should have known better. So I can understand Justice Alito's frustration. Judges are people too and, frankly, I think he showed quite a bit of judicial restraint."

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  1. Anthony

    They are the one branch not accountable to the american people, and when they make a treasonous decision to have corporations infuencing our elections then they deserve to be confronted publicly. Too bad he could not have them arrested for such treason. The idea that corporations have to same rights as people is insane. When the shareholders may be foriegners!!! How can anyone think thats a good idea. We are heading for a corpocracy. If they want to make desicions behind close doors with no cameras and no accountability. They are big boys and they should be able to take the heat. Sam Alito almost broke out in tears. POOR BABY!! If they want to defend thier decision they are welcome in the situation room anytime im sure LOL

    January 28, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Showtime - Tampa

    Do any of you BHO supporters ever get tired of his repeated lies!

    January 28, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. aware

    When you play god your destiny is doomed! :(

    January 28, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Hatch walked out of health care committee meetings so he could work on BCS propaganda and the right-wing judges just handed our country to Corporate America.

    Is anyone else tired of the republicans?

    January 28, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. 8 Years of the Bush Error = Recession and Record Unemployment for ? Years.

    Then why has Alito made "no comment" to the media as to why he thought it was "not true".

    Could it be he cannot defend the decision to allow companies to buy any and all political seats in the United Corporations of America?

    January 28, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. mommerx2

    O Please!
    Justice Alito was just as disrespectul to the office of the president as was Joe Wilson last fall!
    Why can't these guys grow up? They are certainly old enough to know better!
    Have some class, all of you
    Truly embarrassing to see grown ups behave like grade schoolers!

    January 28, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. notfooledbydistractions

    I thought alitos reaction showed a lack of decorum and maturity.

    It was pretty pathetic.

    January 28, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Dieter Zerressen

    Considering the hugely negative impact of the decision, the overturning of decades of precedent, I think Obama was restrained. That the Supreme Court did not care that a corporation, foreign or domestic, can now run its own election campaign to forward its narrow agenda over the will of the average American, is sad.

    January 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Reny

    Obama was dead on. The Supremely Stupid court was siding with their rich buddies the Republicans. If I am a share holder in a company then what RIGHT do they have to support a candidate I dont approve of.

    January 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Slider

    Obama understands the Constitution about as much as someone in high school.

    Which ain't much.

    January 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Thank you! How many mores lies will come out of Obama's mouth? He has no fear to break the 11th ammendment of the Constitution with his illegal health care which as a con law attorney he knows darn well will apply to illegals via precedent....

    January 28, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. 6.5 Years the shrub worked and 1.5 years the shrub rested, just think, the recession could have been worse!

    So, oral Orrin, where is YOUR facts to disprove that President Obama "wildly mischaracterized" the decision.

    I see you did not give any proof to the contrary!

    Just being Oral Orrin, with no facts, just hot air!

    January 28, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Hugo

    "President Obama last night wildly mischaracterized the Supreme Court's decision. As a former constitutional law professor, he should have known better. So I can understand Justice Alito's frustration. Judges are people too and, frankly, I think he showed quite a bit of judicial restraint."
    ______________________________________________________
    Orrin, Orrin, just remember those that can DO and those than CAN'T become law professors, elected politicians and now sitting even a President of our failing Nation!

    January 28, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. JOE

    our president was right on the mark in mentioning the court's ruling. the court just overturned over 90 years of legal precedent. sadly, even our court system is divided along party lines. it is no wonder that the american people have very little trust in the so called system be it the govt. or supreme court. Obama could run circles around this supreme court when it comes to understanding the consitituion. the american people already have little to no voice in their govt. so along comes the right wing court and basically hands future elections to big business and corprations who will now have even more influence in picking thier puppet!

    January 28, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Steph

    Well, he didn't get up and shout "You Lie", but it was close. When you overturn 100 years of settled law and allow large corporations to buy attack ads during campaigns, you can expect a bit of flack for the decision. How many large corporations do you know that don't have international ties? I can't wait until the People's Repbulic of China is pooring money into our elections. That should be fun. We clearly don't have enough attack ads already.

    By the way, was Orrin Hatch ever a constitutional law professor?

    January 28, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Lillie

    alito is a BUSH appointee....expect no less from him or Clarence Thomas!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    BALONEY... the GOP-appointed justices are all politically motivated fascists.... remember they handed the 2000 election to their fascist leader BUSH

    January 28, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    Orrin, why are you not calling for the ouster of Alito as an "activist" judge now "legislating from the bench"?

    He along with the 4 other Reds on the bench have now overturned 2 precedents rulled by the court.

    Reds want democracy dead.

    January 28, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Barry In Las Vegas

    Now Obama thinks he can intimidate the Supreme Court. He tried to intimadate Fox News and failed, but he has been successful in intimadating many others who disagree with him.

    Obama has no respect for anything other than his own very large ego.

    It is obvious that he was not taught any manners when he was raised.

    January 28, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL, Sen. Hatch! Alito is a Right-Wing Tool as are the other four "activist" judges who handed down this breach of law.

    Corporations are made up of all folks who HAVE their first amendment rights! This includes the underpaid workers, shareholders, and others involved. Giving this entity, which cannot DIE, need health care, given it's power by Government, Unfettered Power of the Dollar TO HAVE A COLLECTIVE EXTRA VOICE WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS is a Breach of We, The Peoples rights – as the majority of workers ARE Underpaid and under valued. Key point: Individuals have 1 vote and corporations are comprised of the aggregate of 1 vote people. And I'm not even a lawyer! Activist, Politicized Court!

    January 28, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Dale

    On the contrary, Hatch is mischaracterizing what Obama said, and as not only a constitutional law professor but a senator he should know that the issue is one of looking at a court decision and recognizing what needs to be done to make the laws better. Obviously something exists currently in the law that allowed the justices to say, "the law allows big money to sway the votes," and now it is up to Congress to make sure that the justices will have to say, "no they can't."

    If Alito feels emotionally damaged by Obama's comments, perhaps he should retire and let someone who can be objective do the work instead. Same with Hatch.

    January 28, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Peejay

    Much like the legislative restraint shown by the Republican party.

    January 28, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The fact that Justice Alito managed to keep from shouting "YOU LIED" is great, but it would have been nicer for "We The People," – not We The Corporatocracy" more if he had used "Judicial Restraint" by not siding with Big Business who already has funds to further dictate their agenda in the first place.
    If there is even a SHRED of truth in what President Obama said, you can be sure that International business will take advantage of the decision... Even if there is absolutely NO truth to what the President said, you can STILL guarantee that business, National and International will make every effort to read it that way, and (mis)use the decision till the law catches up with them.

    January 28, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Justice Alito's mouthing of the words "not true" was the judicial equivalent to Joe Wilson's "liar" outburst last year. Not only was it a public demonstration of disrespect to the office of the President of the United States, he did himself and his fellow justices a grave disservice in terms of personal decorum.

    If Justice Alito's behavior had been appropriate, Senator Hatch would not have felt it necessary to issue a statement in his support.

    Sadly, the Republican Party (whether they are represented in the legislative or judicial branch of government) seem to be willing to engage ad hominem attacks and name-calling instead of actively participating in bi-partisan efforts to run the government.

    SHAME!

    January 28, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. dennisk

    Excuse me? The President can't express disagreement with a Supreme Court decision? Isn't that against the 'free speech' rights that the conservatives suddenly love? And besides, four members of the SUPREME COURT disagreed with the decision as well!

    January 28, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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