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NO: Judge Stands Ground, Refuses To Step Down From Trial Due to ‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag


Okay, so the Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took a firm stand against his accusers.

He just told Congress he’s not stepping aside from any cases involving President Donald Trump.

Or the January 6th events, for that matter.

In a letter, he explained that no “reasonable person would conclude” that flying flags outside his homes would justify a recusal.

This comes after top Senate Democrats asked Chief Justice John Roberts for a meeting to discuss Alito’s role in these cases.

The controversy?

It all started with media reports about an Appeal to Heaven flag at his beach house.

Does anyone take these Democrats and their complaints serious?

Post Millennial reports:

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told Congress on Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from cases involving former President Donald Trump or J6 cases, writing in a letter that no “reasonable person would conclude” that flying flags outside of his two homes would “meet the applicable standard for a recusal.”

This is in response to a letter sent by top Senate Democrats to Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday, requesting a formal meeting to discuss Justice Alito’s role in those cases following a media-made controversy regarding an American flag having flown upside down at his home and an Appeal to Heaven flag flown at his beach house. They demanded that Alito recuse himself from all Supreme Court cases involving J6 and Trump.

A recent New York Times hit piece on Justice Alito over two flags spotted outside his houses in Virginia and New Jersey, one an upside-down American flag in 2021 and the other an Appeal to Heaven flag in 2023, was what prompted the demand from the senators. Democratic lawmakers claimed that these two flags are “MAGA battle flags” that were used as symbols at “Stop the Steal” protesters.

In the letter sent to Democrat Senators Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse, Justice Alito asserted he will not recuse himself from the requested cases and insisted that he had no involvement in flying the flags, stating that his wife put them up and her decision to do so is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

“As the Court has pointed out, ‘[i]ndividual Justices, rather than the Court, decide recusal issues.’ I am therefore responding directly to your letter. In it, you claim that two incidents involving the flying of flags created an appearance of impropriety that requires my recusal,” wrote Alito. “The two incidents you cite do not meet the condition for recusal.”

“The first incident cited in your letter concerns the flying of an upside-down American flag outside the house in Virginia where my wife and I reside. In considering whether this event requires recusal, an unbiased and reasonable person would take into account the following facts. I was not even aware of the upside-down American flag until it was called to my attention. As soon as I saw it, I asked my wife to take it down, but for several days, she refused. My wife and I own our Virginia home jointly. She therefore has the legal right to use the property as she sees fit, and there were no additional steps that I could have taken to have the flag taken down more promptly,” the Justice explained.

Justice Alito said that his wife’s decision to fly the flag was over a “very nasty neighborhood” dispute in which one of their neighbors had displayed a sign attacking her personally, and a man living at the home followed her down the street and berated her while screaming foul language at her. She flew the flag as a sign of distress, according to the Justice.

“My wife is a private citizen and she possesses the same First Amendment rights as every other American. She makes her own decisions, and I have always respected her right to do so. She has made many sacrifices to accommodate my service on the Supreme Court, including the insult of having to endure numerous, loud, obscene, and personally insulting protests in front of our home that continue to this day and now threaten to escalate,” wrote Alito.

Will the tolerant liberals accept this explanation?

Or will they choose the ‘no tolerance policy’ they’re so well-known for?

Let’s check in with San Francisco via Fox News headline:

San Francisco quietly removes ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag from outside City Hall after Alito flap



 

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