Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

Samuel Alito, Jr.

Age: 59
Occupation: Supreme Court Justice
Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 0

Alito, a conservative justice who joined the Court in 2006, was at the center of a surprising controversy in January, when during the State of the Union he apparently mouthed "not true" in response to President Obama's denunciation of a recent Supreme Court ruling. The breach of decorum highlighted the growing friction between the judicial and executive branches.