After giving several explanations as to why he participated in a 2002 case involving a mutual company with which he invests, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito, Jr. seems to have narrowed it down to one, according to accounts from The Washington Post.

The plaintiff in the case, a widow who claimed she should be entitled to money from her late husband's Vanguard retirement fund, had no lawyer to represent her.

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