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Samuel A. Alito
At the Supreme Court, conflicts of interest are just a day at the office
At the Supreme Court, conflicts of interest are just a day at the office

Justice Samuel A. Alito's sister is a high-powered labor attorney who represents management in disputes with workers. Justice Elena Kagan's brother, a teacher at an elite public school in New York, has protested the school's admissions process because of low minority enrollment. And Justice Stephen G. Breyer's son co-founded a tech company that broadcasts civil court proceedings. Does having relatives involved in labor disputes, affirmative action battles and cameras in courtrooms affect how Supreme Court justices decide cases and manage their institution? They say no, and we're supposed to take them at their word. But is "trust us" really good enough for...

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