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Alito’s Upside-Down Flag Sparks Debate on Ethics and Conflict of Interest at Supreme Court

Raskin Condemns Alito's 'Political Symbol' of Upside-Down Flag as Conflict of Interest

The brief display of an upside-down American flag at Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito‘s home in January 2021 has sparked a heated debate about conflict of interest and ethics guidelines for the nation’s highest court.

According to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the incident is a clear example of a political symbol being used to express distress and dissent, and Alito’s response has only added fuel to the fire.

Raskin pointed out that Alito’s attempt to shift the blame to his wife suggests that he understands the flag’s meaning and its association with the “Stop the Steal” movement, which promotes unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

‘Clear Conflict of Interest’: Raskin Criticizes Alito’s Upside-Down Flag Display

The incident has raised questions about Alito’s impartiality and his ability to rule fairly on cases related to the election and the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

Raskin emphasized the need for an ethics panel to address complaints of bias and conflicts of interest among Supreme Court justices.

He also called for an Inspector General to review the court’s financial disclosures, which he described as “inadequate.” The lack of stringent ethics guidelines has allowed justices to accept lavish gifts and benefits from wealthy donors, creating a culture of influence and corruption.

The upside-down flag incident has reignited calls for Alito’s recusal from cases related to the 2020 election and January 6, including a pending case involving former President Trump’s immunity from prosecution.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) have joined Raskin in demanding accountability and transparency from the Supreme Court. As the court prepares to rule on these critical cases, the nation is watching closely to see if justice will be served.

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