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New controversy for the American Supreme Court around a Trumpist flag

Photo: Olivier Douliery Agence France-Presse U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito previously faced controversy after photos emerged of an American flag flying upside down in front of his home.

France Media Agency in Washington

Published yesterday at 8:46 a.m. Updated at 12:09 a.m.

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A flag used by Donald Trump supporters was seen flying outside a Supreme Court justice's home, the New York Times reported Wednesday, less than a week old after a similar controversy with another flag.

The New York daily revealed that an “Appeal to Heaven” flag was flown last summer on a flagpole outside conservative Justice Samuel Alito's vacation home in New Jersey.

This flag dates from the American War of Independence and has recently become a symbol of support for the Republican billionaire, worn in particular by his supporters during the assault on the Capitol in Washington on 6 January 2021, as well as a symbol of Christian nationalism in the United States.

Last week, the 74-year-old judge already faced intense controversy after photos emerged of an American flag raised upside down in 2021 in front of his home in suburban Washington.

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Originally a distress signal in the army, raising an upside-down flag had become in 2021 a sign of political protest and expressed support for the outgoing Republican president's assertions that the last election would have been “stolen” from him.

In an email response to the daily, Samuel Alito claimed to have “not been involved in any way in the raising of the flag” to his home, evoking a “brief” initiative by his wife in reaction to an “insulting display in a neighbor's garden”.

The judge did not react on Wednesday evening with new revelations from the New York Times.

Several elected Democrats called on Samuel Alito on Friday to recuse himself from any case before the Supreme Court related to the 2020 election or the assault on the Capitol. In particular that on the criminal immunity claimed by Donald Trump in the federal proceedings against him for attempts to illegally reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The controversy had revived suspicions of bias surrounding the institution at a time when a divided country awaits its decision on criminal immunity invoked by Donald Trump.

Influential Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, head of the Judiciary Committee, reiterated his call Wednesday for Samuel Alito to recuse himself from matters related to the 2020 election.

“This incident is yet another example of apparent ethical misconduct by a Supreme Court justice, and adds to the Court’s ongoing ethical crisis,” he said in a statement.

Another conservative Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas, 75, has so far ignored calls to recuse himself due to his wife's involvement in the campaign to contest the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116