Justices Alito, Scalia, and Thomas to Skip State of the Union?

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News

Chief Justice John Roberts plans to lead a delegation of six justices at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, the U.S. Supreme Court indicated.

Roberts had previously questioned whether justices should continue attending the annual event, likening it to a “political pep rally.” He sat passively last year as Obama criticized a just-issued campaign finance ruling and drew a standing ovation from congressional Democrats.

Kathy Arberg, the Supreme Court’s spokeswoman, said that six justices are planning to attend tonight, though she wouldn’t specify which ones. Justice Samuel Alito is in Hawaii, and two other Republican-appointed justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, have strongly suggested in public comments that they won’t go.

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