After 2010 State of the Union jab, how many justices will attend?
January 24th, 2011
08:45 AM ET
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After 2010 State of the Union jab, how many justices will attend?

Washington (CNN) - Tuesday's State of the Union address will be watched closely not only for what is said, but also for who will there in person to hear it - especially the black-robed members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

At least one member of the bench, Justice Samuel Alito, has publicly stated he will not attend after the dramatic criticism leveled at a court ruling by President Barack Obama.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would hope that the political activist justices would stay home. After taking their oath, they have no business representing their own personal right wingnut political views. I would think that 5 will show up.

    January 24, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    oh BOO HOO HOO..you have judges on the court speaking to Tea Party folks and attending right wing functions but if the POTUS calls them out on a ruling he doesn't agree with some want to get huffy. So much for justice being blind huh Mr. Scalia and Mr. Thomas.

    January 24, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. informed voter

    Maybe justice Alito should grow up and stop acting like an impudent, spoiled child.

    January 24, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. chris

    I would hope none of them!!!
    They shouldn't be there at all!!

    January 24, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    Justices, I'm sorry, but when you get heavily involved in electoral politics, as you did in Citizens United, you're going to have to endure some criticism. I don't understand what stretch of judicial logic could allow the SCOTUS to see a First Amendment right to free speech for corporations in the Constitution. The result of that decision is to put the entire elected leadership up for sale. The timing is suspicious as well. They drop this bombshell when the rich and corporate are moving up in the GOP and there's a democrat in the white house? Awfully convenient of them.

    Isn't it the arch-conservatives that are always talking about sticking to the original specifics of the constitution?

    January 24, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Name king

    They should attend, they've changed the country from a democracy where one man one vote, to an enterprise where one company votes thousands vote. They have taken away our individualism and put it in the hands of corporations. There goes our democracy.

    January 24, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    The Feds need to investigate Scallia and Thomas.

    January 24, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Does it matter? The speech will be almost entirely chest thumping, over nothing, anyway.

    January 24, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. gt

    i sure the ones appointed my obama... i hope the president shows a little more class this time when he speaks to congress

    January 24, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Alito, sitting just feet away in the audience, shook his head and mouthed words interpreted as "not true."
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    Time has proved that it WAS TRUE Alito, hasn't it?
    If you believe in the fairness of your rulings I don't see why the judges would NOT show up to the State of the Union, after all, it is not as if somebody were going to bring up that whole thing about The Shrub's SECOND TERM in office.

    January 24, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Blake

    Don't let Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas (the biggest empty robe of all time) even near the Capitol. Let them stay watch the speech over at the Heritage Foundation where they can openly make rude remarks and discuss new theories and tactics to thwart the intent of the Constitution.

    January 24, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. liz

    Who cares! I thought justices were supposed to be non- partisan anyway. Now wonder why our courts are so screwed up.

    January 24, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. malabar

    If Bush had made a similar remark, Obama supporters would have laid an egg. undignified and cheap, Obama loves nothing more than the hostile environment he has helped create and pretend to rise above. u win Barry, everyone hates each other. u lose Barry, u dont have what it takes to unite us. even a man who was supposedly senile in his 2nd term didnt require a teleprompter for every single word he spoke. yeah, ur a genius.

    January 24, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |