Justice Alito’s vote will be key in 3 cases challenging Obama’s power

A week after President Obama’s 2012 reelection, the conservative Federalist Society gathered 1,500 lawyers in black tie to hear one of their own, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., vow to hold the line against an ever-expanding federal government that “towers over people.”…Harvard Law professor Charles Fried, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President Reagan, gives Alito mixed grades, saying he has been careful and thoughtful, but also too driven by ideology…”The quality of his work is excellent. He is not a wiseguy. He’s doesn’t demean those who disagree with him. And you don’t get pompous sloganeering from him,” Fried said. “But I’m sorry that on the agenda items, he’s been quite predictable. There’s a real sense of an agenda with this court, and he’s been part of that.”