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Peter Swire on why Alito's co-authored report isn't very informative

Peter Swire on why Alito's co-authored report isn't very informative
Peter Swire on why Alito's co-authored report isn't very informative



Previous Politech message:
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/11/02/copy-of-judge/ 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: [Politech] Copy of Judge Alito's co-authored report on 
privacy now available [priv]
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 11:00:36 -0500
From: Peter Swire  
To: 'Declan McCullagh'  

Hi Declan:

	A few comments on the privacy report from Judge Alito's college
days.

	First, I was in the same major at Princeton as Judge Alito, several
years behind him.  These "policy conference" reports were emphatically group
efforts, usually with negotiation, joint drafting, and the other hallmarks
of a group project.  The final report provides little evidence of any one
participant's views.

	Second, the hot-button part of the story is this recommendation:
"The Conference voted to recommend that the current sodomy laws be changed.
The Conference believes that no private sexual act between consenting adults
should be forbidden."  Note the language "the Conference voted."  That is
the only indication of voting in the report, suggesting that a minority
objected.  Also, note that this seems like a proposed legislative change --
vote to change the laws.  So there is no indication of a position on the
constitutional right of privacy.

	Overall, the report is an impressive student effort to analyze the
issues.  Many of its recommendations have become law through the Privacy
Act, the Church Commission recommendations, the anti-polygraph law, and so
on.

	The report suggests that Judge Alito studied these issues
intensively.  It does not tell us what he believed then, or believes now.

	Peter
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