Samuel Alito has been staunch conservative on U.S. Supreme Court

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By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – During his 16 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito has forged a reputation as a staunch conservative on a range of issues, opposing abortion and LGBT rights and supporting religious liberty and gun rights. Alito, the 72-year-old author of a leaked draft opinion in a major abortion case from Mississippi that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing the procedure nationwide, was sworn in on Jan. 31, 2006. He was appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush to replace the court’s first woman justice, Sandra …

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