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Samuel Alito

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I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.
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Application to become deputy assistant AG, 1985

 
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