Samuel Alito confirmed as Supreme Court justice

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January 31, 2006 18:53

 
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Samuel A. Alito Jr. became the 110th US Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, confirmed with the most partisan victory in modern history after a fierce battle over the future direction of the high court. The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito - a former federal appellate judge, US attorney, and conservative lawyer for the Reagan administration - as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a moderate swing vote on the court. All but one of the Senate's majority Republicans voted for his confirmation, while all but four of the Democrats voted against Alito.

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