Alito And His Big Mouth Violated Ethics Rules

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island lodged a formal complaint against Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday, urging Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate Alito for “violating several canons of judicial ethics.” The complaint stems from Alito’s highly political and unprecedented public relations campaign against Senate Democrats’ efforts on a bill that requires the court adopt a code of ethics since the justices refuse to do it voluntarily.

In July, Alito was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, following the passage of Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the interview, Alito declared that Supreme Court justices are, basically, above the law. “No provision in the Constitution gives [Congress] the authority to regulate the Supreme Court—period.”

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