On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, Just The News reported that Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen has introduced a resolution to censure Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The resolution stems from an incident after the January 6th, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol building, where an upside-down American flag was flown over Justice Alito’s home.

An upside-down flag is typically understood to signify a call for help or indicate distress. In this context, it was widely interpreted as a message of opposition to then-President Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. Rep. Cohen asserts that by displaying this flag, Justice Alito demonstrated clear political bias in violation of judiciary rules regarding impartiality.

The resolution specifically criticizes Justice Alito for continuing to participate in litigation linked to both the 2020 presidential election and the events of January 6th. Rep. Cohen argues this constitutes a direct conflict with federal statutes requiring Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from cases where prior conduct could reasonably demonstrate prejudice. As the lone Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee from Tennessee, Cohen introduced the censure resolution, calling for Alito to be formally reprimanded for undermining trust in the Supreme Court’s independence.

If passed by the House and Senate, the resolution would mark a rare rebuke of a sitting Supreme Court Justice. However, with Democrats holding only narrow majorities and Republicans widely expected to oppose such a partisan move, the measure’s ultimate prospects of approval remain uncertain. For now, the introduction of the censure resolution ensures the controversy over Justice Alito’s overturned flag will remain in the headlines.

 

 

Source: Just The News