Dear Justice Alito: This Isn't Middle School

So save your eye-rolling, head-shaking and meet Dana Milbank at recess
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 11:02 AM CDT
Dear Justice Alito: This Isn't Middle School
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito speaks at Roger Williams University Law School in Bristol, R.I. Massive government surveillance of Americans' phone and internet activity is drawing protests from civil liberties groups, but major legal obstacles...   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Samuel Alito needs to clean up his act—and his opinions have nothing to do with it. The George W. Bush appointee to the Supreme Court has a tendency to visibly ridicule his fellow justices, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. His habit was on full display yesterday as Ruth Bader Ginsburg—80 years old and a justice for 13 years longer than Alito—read a dissent arguing that the court's opinion eased sexual harassment at work. "Alito, seated immediately to Ginsburg’s left, shook his head from side to side in disagreement, rolled his eyes, and looked at the ceiling."

Indeed, all three women justices have faced Alito's disdain, most often Sonia Sotomayor, Milbank writes. She got the eye-roll treatment when she joked during a case that "every student in the audience is going to look up the word 'preemption' today." Then there was the time, during President Obama's 2010 State of the Union Address, that Alito shook his head and mouthed "not true" as Obama commented on the Citizens United case. It's time for an end to these "middle-school antics," Milbank notes. Click for Milbank's full column. (Read more Samuel A. Alito stories.)

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