This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on December 3, 2022.
The revelation about Justice Alito puts the court’s lack of any real ethics code in a more dangerous and sinister light, says Rakim Brooks, president of the Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a liberal advocacy group.
“Now justices may very well be working hand in hand with our adversaries, and that’s a very different thing. We’ve entered a phase now where we know groups are targeting justices just as they target legislators, and certain justices seem to relish it,” he said.
In a letter to AFJ supporters that cites the Times investigation, he says “some of the justices are acting in concert with conservative movement leaders, leaking opinions, signaling outcomes, and back channeling. This is disturbing and devastating.
The rule of law cannot survive if the judiciary ceases to be independent. We now have the first genuine sign that the court’s independence has been profoundly compromised.”