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Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. says he will not recuse himself from an upcoming Supreme Court tax case despite the fact that one of the attorneys on the case interviewed Alito for articles that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post reported.
In a statement responding to Democrats' calls for him to recuse himself, Alito said that when David B. Rivkin Jr. co-authored the articles, “he did so as a journalist, not an advocate."
“The case in which he is involved was never mentioned; nor did we discuss any issue in that case either directly or indirectly. His involvement in the case was disclosed in the second article, and therefore readers could take that into account," Alito said.
Democrats accused Alito of violating ethics by giving interviews to Rivkin while he was representing a couple seeking Supreme Court review of a tax case.
Rivkin’s “efforts to help Justice Alito air his personal grievances could cast doubt on Justice Alito’s ability to fairly discharge his duties in a case in which Mr. Rivkin represents one of the parties," Democrats wrote in a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. last month.
“As you wrote in 2011, ‘[j]udges must exercise both constant vigilance and good judgment to fulfill the obligations they have all taken since the beginning of the Republic,’ ” the letter said. “Due to the aforementioned violations of the Statement on Ethics, which Justice Alito himself signed, we believe that he has exercised neither. Recusal in these matters is the only reasonable way for Justice Alito to prevent further damage to public confidence in the Court.”
Read the full report at The Washington Post.
Trump-loving pillow monger Mike Lindell has been facing a barrage of defamation lawsuits since the end of the 2020 election when he began pushing multiple bogus claims about voting machines stealing votes away from former President Donald Trump.
Chris Dehghanpoor, an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, flagged a video on Friday from a deposition that Lindell took with an attorney representing Dominion Voting Systems employee Eric Croomer in which Lindell regularly lashes out at the lawyer.
The video shows the MyPillow CEO reacting with hostility to even basic questions from the attorney – and he even got feisty when the attorney simply asked him to confirm that they had only met one another a mere four minutes prior to starting the taped deposition.
After the attorney informed Lindell that he was going to try to take the deposition slowly to make it easier for the court reporter to take down a transcript, Lindell immediately flew off the handle.
'Don't sit and scold me already, mister!" Lindell fired back. "I'll do whatever I have to do... You're just a lawyer, you're an ambulance-chasing lawyer, so don't start with me, I got all day! I'll take as much time as you want, so let's go! You're not my boss, you're just a lawyer, frivolous lawyer!"
According to Dehghanpoor, Coomer this week made a new filing calling for sanctions against Lindell on the grounds that Lindell has been "combative, vulgar, disrespectful, non-responsive, evasive, and consistently loud" during depositions.
The Christian nationalist movement is not only hoping to coerce Americans into becoming more religious — it is also hoping they will embrace the severe and extreme form of Christianity favored by far-right evangelicals.
But according to the new Jim Davis/Michael Graham book "The Great Dechurching: Who's Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?," the opposite is happening. The United States on the whole, David and Graham report, is becoming less churchgoing.
Religion News' Bob Smietana, in an article published on September 7, points out that Davis and Graham offer plenty of data to back up their "dechurching" argument. And they used research conducted by Eastern Illinois University's Ryan Burge and Denison University's Paul Djupe.
Smietana explains, "The dechurching study eventually yielded profiles of different kinds of dechurched Americans: 'cultural Christians,' who attended church in the past but had little knowledge about the Christian faith; 'mainstream evangelicals,' a group of mostly younger dropouts; 'exvangelicals,' an older group who had often been harmed by churches and other Christian institutions; 'dechurched BIPOC Americans,' who were overwhelmingly Black and male; and 'dechurched Mainline Protestants and Catholics,' who had much in common despite their theological differences."
Smietana notes, however, that according to the book, "many dechurched Americans might return to churches if they found a stable and healthy congregation."
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