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Supreme Court Counsel Says No Evidence of Alito Ethical Lapse in 2014 Case

  • Times story described alleged leak of outcome of 2014 case
  • High court’s legal counsel responds to Democratic lawmakers
Justice Samuel Alito

Justice Samuel Alito

Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg

A US Supreme Court official said he sees no indication Justice Samuel Alito violated ethics rules after a New York Times story said a 2014 dinner party at the justice’s home allegedly produced a leak about the outcome of a major case over religious rights and contraceptives.

In a letter to two Democratic lawmakers, Supreme Court Legal Counsel Ethan Torrey repeated Alito’s statement that neither he nor his wife disclosed the outcome of the case or his authorship of the opinion. Torrey wrote that justices are allowed to maintain normal friendships.