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Wed May 29, 2024, 08:12 AM May 29

Samuel Alito Isn't Fooling Anyone Anymore [View all]


Samuel Alito Isn’t Fooling Anyone Anymore
by Bill Blum | May 29, 2024 - 6:11am

— from Truthdig

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has been lying in public for a long time. His attempt to blame his wife for flying an upside down American flag, a symbol of MAGA defiance, at his Virginia home shortly after the Jan. 6 insurrection is only the latest in a series of high-profile prevarications dating back to his 2006 Senate confirmation hearing.


First and foremost, Alito lied about his views on abortion and Roe v. Wade (1973), which he called an “an important precedent of the Supreme Court” that had “been on the books for a long time” and had been “reaffirmed” by the court, strengthening its value as settled law. Sixteen years later, with the court firmly in the hands of a hard-right majority, he showed his true colors, authoring the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion that overturned Roe, proclaiming that Roe “was egregiously wrong from the start,” and that its reasoning was “exceptionally weak” and caused “dangerous consequences” for the country.

Alito similarly shaded the truth at his confirmation hearing about his support for a broad-based interpretation of presidential immunity and the “unitary executive” theory that advocates for an all-powerful presidency — questions that loom large before the Supreme Court in the election-subversion case brought by Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith against Donald Trump that the court will decide by the end of its current term. Alito was also suspiciously evasive about his membership in a now-defunct Princeton University alumni group that opposed the admission of women and tried to limit the enrollment of minority students.


Like Thomas, Alito has also come under fire for alleged ethics violations while on the Supreme Court. As reported by ProPublica last year, he took a luxury fishing trip to Alaska in 2008, flying for free aboard a private jet owned by Republican megadonor Paul Singer and staying, all-expenses paid, at an opulent rustic lodge owned by the businessman. Alito not only failed to disclose the trip on his annual financial disclosure forms, but he also failed to recuse himself from participating in a case involving Singer’s hedge fund that the court decided in the fund’s favor in 2014.


Short of expanding the court, which is a long-term political project, there is at least one thing supporters of impartial justice can do. We can, and must, expose Alito’s mendacity and corruption at every opportunity. As Isikoff noted for The Wrap, Alito has replaced Thomas as the most polarizing justice on the Supreme Court. “Nobody likes him,” Schmidt told Isikoff. “He’s sullen, aggrieved, prickly and angry.” It’s imperative to let Alito know that we are angry, too.
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Get thee to the greatest page malaise May 29 #1
Not qualified to be a SC justice. Meadowoak May 29 #2
He should never have been appointed malaise May 29 #8
When the majority party at the time decided their political agenda tanyev May 29 #4
Sickening indeed malaise May 29 #7
And? progressoid May 29 #3
Sadly, this is true. Scrivener7 May 29 #6
The enemies of the people and democracy looked to find weaknesses in our system erronis May 29 #11
Those Well Written Articles... Mr. Mustard 2023 May 29 #13
Two different skill sets: diagnosis and treatment intrepidity May 29 #19
no reason to be sorry! berksdem May 29 #14
Constitutionally, he's pretty insulated Buckeyeblue May 29 #5
Every tyrant thought they were untouchable at some point ck4829 May 29 #12
maybe its time for extra judicial actions moonshinegnomie May 29 #21
Alito is low-life traitorous scum dalton99a May 29 #9
I remember when he was appointed mountain grammy May 29 #10
I'm shocked to hear a Republican is angry and a liar! surfered May 29 #15
Treasonous POS never fooled me for a minute. He is truly the most evil of the bunch. Scalded Nun May 29 #16
Alito is not fit to have a seat on the bench. Martin68 May 29 #17
Sounds like he was raised just like trump? pwb May 29 #18
He's gotten away with it for 2 decades. Why'd it take so long? live love laugh May 29 #20
No! But I wish there was something we could do about it! LeftInTX May 29 #22
Bringing the faithful together? czarjak May 29 #23
Fuck him and Clearance Thomas -- strip them of their robes Blue Owl May 29 #24
He recognizes the rights that his wife has. MOMFUDSKI May 29 #25
What a poor reflection cilla4progress May 29 #26
Alito and wife are "deplorable". oasis May 29 #27
don't forget roberts, who would protect presedence. pansypoo53219 May 29 #28
K&R spanone May 29 #29
I wish he had to carry an unwanted pregnancy IbogaProject May 29 #30
Is Alito being abused by his wife? Blue Idaho May 29 #31
Liberty, and justice for all? czarjak May 30 #32
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