Upside-down flag controversy is the latest for Supreme Court Justice Alito

David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON — Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the Supreme Court's most predictable conservative of late, is again battling complaints that some of his actions demand that he recuse himself from pending cases.

Alito has responded that he is a victim of unjust criticism.

Here's a look at some of the recent controversies.

What is the upside-down flag incident about?

Last week, The New York Times published a photo showing an American flag flying upside down in front of Alito's house on Jan. 17, 2021.

Neighbors reported seeing the flag flying for several days after supporters of outgoing President Trump had rioted at the U.S. Capitol.


For some, the upside-down flag became a symbol of the "Stop the Steal" movement.

How did Alito respond to complaints about the flag incident?

He blamed his wife, Martha-Ann, and his neighbors.

"I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag," he told the N.Y. Times in an email.


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