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Reporters Committee Reviews Judge Alito’s 1st Amendment Record

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reviewed the lengthy paper trail of Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. as an assistant attorney general and as an appellate judge and found a number of media-related cases. In one, he endorsed a qualified privilege for reporters but held the individual involved wasn’t in fact a journalist. In a solitary records access case, he ruled for personal privacy of the information. He said a federal employee has a reasonable claim of privacy for his home address and “there is no public interest cognizable under FOIA in the disclosure of these addresses.” (11/2/05)