November 17, 2012

Alito defends Citizen United ruling

The Supreme Court justice says the First Amendment protects political speech from corporations.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stands behind the court’s 2010 decision that helped fuel hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending by independent groups.

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Ethics guidelines for federal judges other than Supreme Court justices say judges should steer clear of fundraising efforts and not allow the prestige of their office to be used to drum up ticket sales.

Federalist Society President and Chief Executive Officer Eugene Meyer said the critics have their facts wrong.

"This annual event is not a fundraiser. We have not hoped to raise funds from it, and, in fact, we lose a little money on every meal we serve," Meyer said.

While Alito was talking about the counterculture, other justices were dipping into pop culture.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor made her second appearance on "Sesame Street," joining muppet Abby Cadabby to talk about the word "career."

Abby, the 3-year-old daughter of the Fairy Godmother, said she hoped to be a princess.

"Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career," Sotomayor said.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found herself in an unusual place for high court justices, among Glamour magazine's Women of the Year. "The judiciary is not a profession that ranks very high among the glamorously attired," she told the audience as the magazine honored the women at Carnegie Hall in New York. Ginsburg also noted that she might have been the second woman to join the high court after Sandra Day O'Connor, but she was the first honored by Glamour.

Among the other honorees was Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO hit series "Girls." As it happens, Dunham made another annual list that also included a Supreme Court justice.

Dunham and Chief Justice John Roberts are members of Esquire magazine's 2012 roster of Americans of the Year.


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