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Samuel AlitoLast Updated: May 30, 2024

Location

District of Columbia

Insurrection Related Information

  • Expressed Alignment With Insurrectionists

Occupation(s)

  • Supreme Court Justice

Executive Summary

The controversy surrounding Justice Samuel Alito flying an upside-down American flag raises significant concerns about his impartiality in Supreme Court cases involving former President Donald Trump and January 6 defendants. The upside-down flag, a distress signal indicating severe danger, was a symbol used by former President Donald Trump’s supporters who falsely claimed that there was widespread election fraud in the 2020 election. The justice’s beach house also displayed an “Appeal to Heaven” flag, a symbol carried on Jan. 6 and associated with a push for a more Christian-minded government. The connections to cases involving the Capitol attack is particularly troubling. Justice Alito’s history of flying these flags on his property risks eroding public trust in the judiciary’s neutrality and integrity.

Justice Alito’s refusal to recuse himself from these cases, despite the outcry over the flag incidents, poses a threat to public confidence in fair adjudication. Recusal is crucial for maintaining judicial impartiality, especially when a judge’s actions suggest potential bias. By dismissing these concerns, Alito undermines the perception of an apolitical Supreme Court, challenging its role as an unbiased arbiter in cases of national significance.

Occupation(s)

Supreme Court Justice

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Stop the Steal

    10 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • New Article Read Justice Alito’s letters rejecting calls to recuse himself from Jan. 6 Supreme Court cases

    Published on May 30, 2024 Read at PBS News Hour
  • New Article Alito’s Aggrieved Letter to Congress Tips His Hand in the Jan. 6 Cases

    Published on May 29, 2024 Read at Slate
  • New Article Alito reject calls to recuse from Trump, Jan. 6 cases in light of flag controversies

    Published on May 29, 2024 Read at SCOTUS Blog
  • New Article Alito refuses to step aside from Trump supreme court cases amid flag scandal

    Published on May 29, 2024 Read at The Guardian
  • New Article Justice Alito declines to recuse himself in Jan. 6-related cases

    Published on May 29, 2024 Read at NPR
  • New Article Trump praises Alito for refusal to recuse on Jan. 6 cases

    Published on May 29, 2024 Read at The Hill
  • New Article Justice Alito Rejects Calls to Recuse from January 6 Cases, Denies Involvement in Flying Upside-Down Flag

    Published on May 29, 2024 Read at National Review
  • New Article Supreme Court's Jan 6. Decision Comes at Turbulent Time

    Published on May 24, 2024 Read at Newsweek
  • New Article Second flag carried by Jan. 6 rioters displayed outside house owned by Justice Alito, report says

    Published on May 22, 2024 Read at Associated Press
  • New Article Another Provocative Flag was Flown at Another Alito Home

    Published on May 22, 2024 Read at New York Times
  • New Article Why Was Alito Flying the Flag Upside Down After January 6?

    Published on May 18, 2024 Read at The Atlantic
  • Trump, gun owners and Jan. 6 rioters: Tough-on-crime Justice Alito displays empathy for some criminal defendants

    Published on May 13, 2024 Read at NBC News

Affiliated People (1)

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    • Charged

    • Running for office

    Donald Trump

    Currently Running For
    • U.S. President
    • General election on November 5, 2024
    Litigation Status
    • Charged on August 15, 2023

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