Legal Expert Rips Apart Samuel Alito’s Excuses For Upside Down American Flag As A Farce

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The controversy around an upside down American flag flown at the residence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in January 2021 after that month’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol is continuing. The imagery is associated with the “Stop the Steal” movement, a moniker referring to the alleged “steal” of the 2020 presidential race in favor of Joe Biden and a movement that culminated in part in that very Capitol attack.

Alito is blaming his wife, who he claims put up the flag in that manner amid a confrontation with a neighbor over signage they displayed. “According to Justice Alito, things escalated and the neighbor put up a sign personally addressing Mrs. Alito and blaming her for the Jan 6th attacks,” said journalist Shannon Bream online.

Former federal prosecutor and legal expert Joyce White Vance was skeptical and argued that Alito was in violation of judicial ethics. The presence of that imagery could create the appearance of partiality on Alito’s part towards the causes of those who are associated with that kind of display. The U.S. Supreme Court, in fact, was already tasked with deciding serious cases related to the violence of January 6 and surrounding attempts to target the 2020 presidential election outcome, meaning Joe Biden’s victory.

“I’m trying to understand Justice Alito’s position here & the best I can come up with is that he thought it was okay to violate judicial ethics because a neighbor was exercising their First Amendment rights,” Vance posited on X (Twitter).

It’s unclear there will be any serious consequences for Alito following the revelation of the imagery at his house in media reports, though as could be expected, calls for his resignation quickly began to circulate. Alito is known as an arch-conservative and helped lead his court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, upending abortion access.