Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Who Reviews 10,000 Cert. Petitions for Justice Alito?

His clerks do. The other Justices place all the petitions in a pool and divide them among their clerks. Justice Alito opted out of the pool and places the burden of reviewing the petitions on his clerks—about 10,000 petitions annually.  

Why? The Justice’s explanation has not been clear, and Court watchers have a variety of theories. To evaluate them, please click here on this article in the National Law Journal.


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