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Justice Alito and Supreme Court EthicsAlito’s biting, political speech highlights the need for reform.
November 20, 2020
speech to the Federalist Society, an influential conservative legal group with close ties to the judiciary.
Bemoaning what he characterized as growing threats to free speech and religious liberty, Alito took aim at the Supreme Court’s historic decision that same-sex couples have a right to marry, along with recent cases on abortion rights and restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
It was an unusually political speech for a justice at a time of growing scrutiny about the Supreme Court’s public legitimacy. His remarks didn’t do the Court any favors in that regard — and it’s time to hold the Court to a higher standard.
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