In an unusual move, several federal appeals court judges intend to testify as Republican-sponsored witnesses next week at Senate confirmation hearings for their fellow jurist, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, officials announced Friday.
The decision raises the possibility that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee will be able to question Anthony J. Scirica, chief judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, about instances in which Alito participated in cases involving an investment company despite once having promised to avoid them.
Scirica is one of two active judges on the witness list, along with three senior judges and two former members of the 3rd Circuit court who have retired. Among the senior judges is Edward R. Becker, a friend of Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee