Alito wasn’t bluffing: He believes the Supreme Court is above the law

Source: The Hill
by Steven Lubet

“Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito no doubt intended to shock the political world when he told interviewers for the Wall Street Journal that ‘No provision in the Constitution gives [Congress] the authority to regulate the Supreme Court — period.’ Many observers dismissed his comment out of hand, noting the express language in Article III, establishing the court’s jurisdiction under ‘such regulations as the Congress shall make.’ But Alito wasn’t bluffing. His recently issued statement, declining to recuse himself in a controversial case, was issued without a single citation or reference to the controlling federal statute. Nor did he mention or adhere to the test for recusal that other justices have acknowledged in similar circumstances. It was as though he declared himself above the law.” (09/18/23)