Samuel Alito, one of the Justices at the US Supreme Court, landed himself right in the middle of political turmoil on Thursday. Critics have been accusing justices of making momentous decisions through emergency dockets without heaving an entire briefing.
Samuel Alito Says Complaints Are Misplaced
Samuel Alito stated that complaints regarding the “shadow docket” of the court are misplaced. The only intention of such complaints is to paint the Justices in the image that would best suit the critics’ ideological agendas while hiding in the darkness.
Samuel Alito further stated that “shadow docket” is a sinister and catchy term. It servers to help imagine that the court is under the control of some dangerous cabal. And that, this cabal gets what it wants via improper and sneaky methods. During his Notre Dame University speech, he explained that this was an unprecedented amount of intimidation and reputation damage being aimed at the court.
At the same time as Samuel Alito launched himself into a political battle, the Judiciary Committee of the Senate had a hearing for airing criticisms regarding the Supreme Court. The particular focus of the complaints was its “shadow docket” usage in cases of high profile.
However, in the address, Samuel Alito repeatedly criticized the media as the propagator of damaging and unfair attacks. However, “political figures” were also blamed for doing a similar thing. He insisted that the political and media talks regarding this “shadow docket” are anything but serious. At a different point, he said that journalists may have the misgiving that giving decisions is as easy as writing an opinion column.
Samuel Alito repeatedly claimed that the practices of the Court when it came to emergency decisions are very much unchanged. Furthermore, he claimed that the justices are not going to any length to conceal their actions.