Alito: Recusing from cases involving former employees, colleagues, and long-time acquaintances would ‘distort’ the Supreme Court’s work – DIGIWIZ CENTRAL

Alito: Recusing from cases involving former employees, colleagues, and long-time acquaintances would ‘distort’ the Supreme Court’s work

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In mid-2023, Justice Samuel Alito met twice with a lawyer who later wrote two op-eds defending him.
The attorney, David Rivkin Jr., is closely connected to a case the court agreed to hear in June.
On Friday, Alito said he’s refusing to recuse himself from the upcoming case.

In an official court statement published Friday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alitodeclined to recuse himself from an upcoming case after he met with a lawyer involved in it for hours as part of a Wall Street Journal op-ed. 

Attached to the Supreme Court’s list of orders and rehearings, Alito wrote that there was “no valid reason for my recusal” in the upcoming Moore v. United States case. He said that if Supreme Court justices recused themselves every time a case arose before the court alongside an attorney who’s a longtime acquaintance, former clerk, or former colleague, “we would regularly have less than a full bench, and the Court’s work would be substantially disrupted and distorted.”

Alito continued, noting that that several of the high court’s justices — both conservative and liberal — have also frequently participated in interviews with reporters from various news outlets, despite those very same outlets occasionally bringing cases before the court. 

Alito’s formal statement comes months after Alito met with a Wall Street Journal reporter and attorney David Rivkin Jr. on two separate occasions for interviews that resulted in two intricate op-eds pushing back against allegations of ethical impropriety in the high court and detailing the consequences of the court overturning Roe v. Wade’s abortion protections in 2022.

In one of the pieces, Alito said that Congress had absolutely no authority to even attempt to put ethical guideposts in place for the Supreme Court, defying the often-mentioned checks-and-balances system as part of the US government’s three coequal branches. 

“I know this is a controversial view, but I’m willing to say it,” Alito said. “No provision in the Constitution gives them the authority to regulate the Supreme Court — period.”

While it’s usually not controversial for a politician or judge to speak to a reporter, Alito has faced rampant criticism from Democratic detractors in recent months for the two Wall Street Journal op-eds given that one of its authors, Rivkin, represents one of the parties in the case and was even listed on its original writ of certiorari in February.

Following the release of the two opinion pieces, a group of Democratic senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Chief Justice John Roberts a letter asking him to push Alito to recuse himself from the Moore v. United States case. They claimed that helping Alito “air his personal grievances” in two separate interviews with Rivkin, “could cast doubt on Justice Alito’s ability to fairly discharge his duties in a case in which Mr. Rivkin represents one of the parties.” 

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