Alito Makes Crack About Liberals' Lectures On Precedent

Law360, Washington (October 7, 2019, 8:04 PM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. lightly chided his liberal colleagues at oral arguments Monday in a case from a convicted Louisiana murder defendant seeking to overturn precedent, pointing out that "last term, the majority was lectured pretty sternly in a couple of dissents about the importance of stare decisis," the Latin term for respecting precedent.

The new U.S. Supreme Court term got started Monday with Justice Samuel Alito dinging his liberal colleagues over stare decisis and Justice Clarence Thomas missing the action because of illness. The justices are, seated from left, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Ruth...

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