Supreme Court Justice Alito on luxury vacay

Another Supreme Court justice has just been caught taking huge secret gifts from a right-wing billionaire — and this time it’s Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Justice Alito was caught red-handed by ProPublica taking an undisclosed luxury vacation worth over $100,000 paid for by Republican megadonor and hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and organized by Leonard Leo, the conservative superlobbyist credited with leading the right-wing takeover of the Supreme Court.1

Worse yet, in the years since Singer treated Alito to this extravagant vacation, his hedge fund has had cases before the Supreme Court at least 10 times. Justice Alito didn’t recuse himself once.

The Supreme Court is out of control and must be reined in with strong, binding ethics rules. That’s why Demand Progress Action is calling on Congress to immediately clean up the court by passing the Judicial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act, which could finally force the Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics.

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According to the bombshell report from ProPublica, Republican megadonor Paul Singer took Alito on an all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury fishing lodge in Alaska that usually charges more than $1,000 a day. Alito also flew to Alaska on the billionaire’s private jet, a flight that would have cost over $100,000 if he’d chartered a jet himself.

Ethics experts say they can’t think of another time in the history of the Supreme Court that a justice has ruled on a case after receiving gifts like this paid for by one of the parties in the case.2

But after the news broke, Alito didn’t apologize or admit wrongdoing. Instead, he lashed out at ProPublica, claiming that he wasn’t required to disclose these gifts (he was) and attacking ProPublica.3

The Supreme Court is simultaneously the most powerful and least accountable branch of the federal government. The nine justices are appointed for life. They make their own rules and scorn transparency. Despite their virtually unchecked power, there are no rules on when they must recuse themselves or reveal potential conflicts of interest.4

It’s clear the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to follow basic ethical standards. To save the integrity of the judiciary, we need Congress to pass legislation imposing a legally binding code of ethics. But that will only happen if we can mobilize enough public support to demand that Congress take action.

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Sources:
1. ProPublica, “Justice Samuel Alito Took Luxury Fishing Vacation With GOP Billionaire Who Later Had Cases Before the Court,” June 20, 2023.
2. ProPublica, “Justice Samuel Alito Took Luxury Fishing Vacation With GOP Billionaire Who Later Had Cases Before the Court,” June 20, 2023.
3. The New York Times, “Justice Alito Defends Private Jet Travel to Luxury Fishing Trip,” June 21, 2023.
4. Brennan Center for Justice, “Brennan Center Urges Supreme Court Justices to Adopt a Code of Ethics,” September 24, 2019.


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