January 28th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Liz

    I think it was Obama who showed incredible restraint in not just flat out saying that decision was the worst decision since Dred Scott and that it may well have literally destroyed our democracy. If this is the case, it will be the worst of the bush 'legacy.'

    January 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Jim from Reno

    Judicial activist court from REPUBLICAN appointed judges on this corporation "freedom of speech" nonsense. Wait until Hugo Chavez through his gas company Citco pump millions into the political process. Boy will Republicans scream!

    January 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Ray Acevedo-Flores

    Nonsense! Justice Alito is held to an even higher standard of comportment.

    January 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Marc

    While I agree with Mr. Hatch on various issues, I think that in this one he put a big of target on himself. He has strong and well proven lobbying ties with the pharmaceutical industry and thus can (and most likely will) be beneficied by this controversial (at the very least) ruling, and forgot to mention that when he comes out and criticize the POTUS for criticizing the same ruling...

    January 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The supreme court (lower case letters only) screwed up royally by wildly allowing foreign entities to pour in as much money as possible to alter any American election. The supreme court, much like the republican party should have learned that you don't flush the toilet until the train leaves the station. Conservatives continue to do stupid things without thinking.

    January 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Teena

    I do not think the Supreme Court decision was "wildly mischaracterized" at all. But of course, what would a republican say, especially when it is his party who will reap the most benefits of allowing corporations to dictate the elections. His party is the party of BIG BUSINESS and not the people!

    January 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Marc

    While I agree with Mr. Hatch on various issues, I think that in this one he put a big of a target on himself. He has strong and well proven lobbying ties with the pharmaceutical industry and thus can (and most likely will) be beneficied by this controversial (at the very least) ruling, and forgot to mention that when he comes out and criticize the POTUS for criticizing the same ruling...

    January 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Keith In Austism

    Obama is within his right to criticize the S.C's decision.

    January 28, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. hobart

    The Supreme Court most certainly did not use judicial restraint in their recent decision on corporate finance of election campaigns.

    They took a narrow case and used it to undo a hundred years or more of election law, and in the process enacted the most egregious example of Supreme Court judicial activism in my lifetime. At least 8 of the justices were somber in for their post decision portrait, perhaps realizing the magnitude of the implications of their decision, but Chief Justice Roberts could not contain he glee, chuckling at what he had just orchestrated.

    I predict that emboldened by this decision, this court, if they can get Justice Kennedy to go along, will unleash a reign of Judicial Activism unprecedented in American history, rivaled only by the Republican's use of the filibuster in the last 5-10 years.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    January 28, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    The Supreme court is a bunch of irresponsibleright wing traitors, bought and paid for by the corporations. So how much money is going to be "slipped," under the Bench?

    January 28, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Tiffany

    Remember Sen. Hatch, Presidents are people too.

    January 28, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. chicana

    Once again rookie Obama disrespecting and attacking those who disagree with his liberal policies. The American people will not put up with his nonsense of personally attacking a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. Quite frankly I am sick of BO's recycled speeches that have no substance and simply put people to sleep.

    January 28, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Alito didn't show restraint, he showed utter unprofessionalism to be a judge.

    January 28, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. SY

    Alito was disrespectful and unprofessional last night. Good manners and courtesy no longer exist in this party. The President should pull a FDR and threaten to add more justices to the Supremes, Progressive ones, not corporate activists.

    January 28, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Sarah

    The Supreme Court is wrong.......because of their Wrong discission they are letting Foreign Countries now have a say in our elections......and these people are supose to be smart

    January 28, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Fitz in Texas

    The problem is Obama thinks he can do what ever he wants.....even insult The Supreme Court.

    January 28, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    Truly an activist ruling! What planet do you have to be from to see the ramifications of this ruling? This clown, Alito, honestly can't see that corporations won't try to use this ruling to advance their agenda? Look at what insurance companies did to health care reform before this ruling.

    January 28, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Obama was right....it was not in the best interest of the citizens, whether the details skim by the law, or not.

    January 28, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Dar

    Alito was just doing what every body with a brain was doing last night. Odumbo lies, we all know that but Dems just dont care that he lies, Dems like liers. They keep inviting Clinton back to the white house and we all know the lies he told.
    He was just talking to himself and got caught, he wasnt screeming out YOU LIE, I wish he would have because Odumbo does lie and it would have been the truth.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 28, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    I'd like to hear Sen. McCain's take on this. HIs name is on some of the legislation the USSC just overruled.

    January 28, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Angus McDugan

    Obama is arogant and blinded by his ego. He will talk down to every American that does not see things his way.

    POOR LEADERSHIP (SIGH...)

    January 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Chandler

    President Obama was 100% correct about the Supreme Court decision. If you listen to the people, not the politicians, both democrats and republicans are horrified by this ruling which gives corporations the power of a citizen. It defies precedent and gives companies who already have a death grip on our political system even more power.

    January 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    The Supreme court is a bunch of irresponsible right wing traitors, bought and paid for by the corporations. So how much money is going to be "slipped," under the Bench? Now the corporations can own the senate, house and the pres, My goodness, does this mean corporations owned by China, Venzuela, Italy, may influence our elections, well, now, what shall we call ourselves, How About The United States of China. Alito needs to get back on that turnip truck and jump off one more time.

    January 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Preston

    Actually, Sen. Hatch, President Obama precisely described the forseeable downstream consequences of the scandalous Supreme Court decision. For the Senator from Utah to use an adjective like "wildly" to describe the President's characterization of the SCOTUS ruling clarifies beyond any question that the concept of "restraint" is quite beyond his ken.

    Tiny Al, the associate justice, is out of his league being within 200 yards of the President, and needs to show respect for the office. Unless, of course, he plans to retire and join Fox , in which case his inappropriate public behavior becomes quite understandable.

    January 28, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Wisconsonite

    Justice Alito seems to have his job title confused. It's is NOT the place of a Supreme Court Justice to play politics! Period! If he can't do that without showing his "frustration" over the President's words, then he doesn't belong in the his position!

    January 28, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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