A lawyer considers Alito's MAGA flag defense letter, and more

Does Alito even believe himself?

A closer look at the lies Supreme Court Justice Alito tries to peddle to we the people.

MSNBC - Ari Melber


As the Supreme Court careens toward the explosive end of its term, Justice Samuel Alito keeps digging himself deeper into an ethics scandal that is equal parts comical and execrable. Alito sent a letter to congressional Democrats on Wednesday resisting their calls for him to recuse from Jan. 6–related cases, once again blaming the presence of two insurrection flags flying over his homes on his wife, Martha-Ann.

A day later, the court released several opinions, including a 6–3 death penalty case authored by Alito that took familiar liberties with the law and the facts. And just a few hours after that, Chief Justice John Roberts notified Senate Democrats that he would snub their request for a meeting about ethics, citing “separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence.” . . .

On a bonus Slate Plus episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern discussed this unholy concatenation of court-related drama as SCOTUS itself rolls right off the rails. Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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Dahlia Lithwick: I think the merits can get lost when we talk about the flags. But there is a substantive problem that we’re starting to pick up on, and that is Justice Alito, in recent weeks, making very real and serious errors in his opinions. They’re actually prompting corrections from sources that he cites, who say, “No, my work reflects the opposite of what you’re claiming.” I’d love for you to unpack that.

This stuff matters, and it seems MAGA keeps doubling down on lawlessness and disconnect from understanding demonstrable facts, because they don’t like honesty, seems the GOP’s priorities have been reduced winning and power, and bullying those who do not believe in their cult of resentment and power lust.

MAGA? Yeah, Alito & Thomas are all in on the MAGA kool-aid

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