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Samuel A. Alito, Jr., is the 110th person appointed as justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, an honor that is the capstone of a distinguished career in public service. Compared to current justices, Alito's background is noteworthy for its emphasis on criminal law. A lifelong Roman Catholic, Justice Alito's appointment created the nation's first-ever Catholic majority on the Supreme Court. In addition, he is the second Italian American to be appointed to the Court. Alito is viewed as a member of the Supreme Court's conservative wing.

Early Years

Justice Alito was born in April 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey, where both of his parents worked as schoolteachers. Alito's father was born in Italy and arrived in the United States as a child. After graduating from a ...

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