6 justices of Supreme Court to attend speech
January 25th, 2011
03:02 PM ET
11 years ago

6 justices of Supreme Court to attend speech

Washington (CNN) - Six Supreme Court justices will attend the State of the Union address, according to a court spokesperson. This follows a yearlong controversy over the traditional presence of members of the high court, following direct criticism of the bench by President Barack Obama at the 2010 address.

Among those not attending is Justice Samuel Alito, who has a previously scheduled speaking engagement in Hawaii.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Great! We don't need the "Justices For Hire" to attend. How about they just leave the SCOTUS altogether.

    January 25, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    After Obama's vicious attack on the USSC and their integrity, I am surprised any of them are going. Obama has turned these into a political rally, just like he does with everything. The State of the Union address should NEVER be used to attack a co-equal branch of government. Obama and the Democrats display last year showed how low they will go.

    January 25, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Cantor is an IDIOT

    Alito can shoove it!...let him vacate the SCOTUS and continue his scheduled speaking engagements with his big corporations buddies that he already deemed as "US citizens"!!!

    January 25, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. John G

    After what the president did before I'm surprised any of them show up.

    January 25, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    Who cares whether they attend or not? They have by now lost most of their credibility anyway.

    January 25, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    After a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Alito goes to Hawaii for a "speaking engagement"???????? Like he didn't know when the State of the Union Speech was, like he has NO sense of duty or respect to be there! Alito is a disaster, poor choice for Supreme Court Justice, as was Clarence Thomas. Neither of them has respect for the position of Supreme Court Justice of the United States! Have fun in Hawaii Alito, you can run from your embarrassment, but you cannot hide the fact that you were rude to our President last year at the State of the Union Speech.

    January 25, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Indie Woman in Denver

    Just as well the super conservatives won't be there (except for Roberts). Alito proved last time that he can't keep his emotions inside.

    January 25, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. ChippewaSoph

    Worst Supreme Court photo EVER

    January 25, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    Alito is demonstrating that he can't take the heat, so he's getting waaayy out of the kitchen. When you get directly involved with politics, as they did with the Citizens United case, you have to take the political heat.

    January 25, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Of course Thomas and Scalia do not attend. That would be too much like watching Democracy in action for their souls. My question is what group is Alito going to speak to in Hawaii, and why did he have the discourtesy to schedule his trip to include the day of the President's speech?

    January 25, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. ...

    " Justice Alito is not attending due to a previously scheduled speaking engagement in Hawaii..."

    After Alito's behavior during the last SOTU I'd probably sit this one out too. Corporate hack...

    January 25, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Alito, Scalia, Thomas. The 3 Stooges of the SCOTUS. Thank God they won't be at the State of the Union. 3 monkeys should be seated in their vacant seats; the monkeys at least have a chance of understanding what is said, and they are better looking too. What a legacy these 3 twits provide for the moronic presidents who put them on the bench.

    January 25, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. S. In California

    Six Supreme Court justices will attend the State of the Union address Monday.

    Those are the ones with 10 fingers, 10 toes and no fur on their bodies. You know – THE INTELLIGENT, INFORMED ONES.

    January 25, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. JohnOBX

    "Justices Scalia and Thomas traditionally do not attend."

    Really? Turkey at Thanksgiving is a "tradition." Scalia and Thomas' choice not to attend is simply poor form.

    January 25, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Michelle

    Is it me or have our justices become political? These men and women are suppose to be impartial and I feel more and more that they are not.

    January 25, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I lost that bet. I said only five would be in attendance. I wonder if "Not True" Alito will be addressing the "Citizens United" and foreign corporation group, while Scalia and Thomas will be fundraising for Tea Baggers.

    January 25, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Impeach the RATS on the supreme Court. (Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Scalia)

    January 25, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    And ... while Democrat Pelosi isn't sitting next to Republcian Cantor, having "rebuffed" his invitation (or not, as the case may be), Republican Boehner WILL be sitting next to Democrat Biden. How utterly fascinating this musical chair scenario of who will be sitting next to whom, or who has prior commitments (and doesn't usually attend regardless) has become. I expect that in the world of journalism, articles such as this can be safely construed as making up news, not reporting the news.

    January 25, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    What difference does it make for them to attend. They're too busy destroying our Christian nation. They are mostly the ignorant lawyers who came up to be Judges by greasing their hands of big money. How else do you think Thomas could have got away with molesting the lady who worked in his office. Just like OJ money talks for these people. Now their doing Obama's anti-Christ's ways.

    January 25, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Ancient Texan

    Gluttons for punishment? Why even show up and be insulted again?

    January 25, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. bob

    Those three won't be missed.

    January 25, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. michaelam

    What, Scalia has another closed door meeting with some members of Congress?
    Hey, Shelly-–heard Justice Scalia did not provide all the answers you and your bagger bunch wanted to hear! I heard that he basically shot down your Tenther nuttery....

    When Justice Scalia is the voice of reason for the Far Right, we can all agree that we have huge issues in this country that need addressing!

    January 25, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |