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Alito's account of the upside-down flag doesn't fully add up. Here's why.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has offered multiple accounts of how politically charged flags came to fly outside his homes in Virginia and New Jersey - the type of display that is generally off-limits for judges, who must remain impartial and avoid even the appearance of bias as they handle cases.

Since the public revelation of the flags engulfed the nation's highest court in criticism last month and prompted calls for Alito's recusal from certain cases, the justice has said it was his wife who flew the banners, not him, and that she flew one of them after a neighborhood dispute. But his successive explanations - in a statement, an interview with Fox News and letters to Congress - have raised additional questions, and in some cases conflicted with known facts.

Alito has yet to fully explain some key aspects of the controversy: How long did an upside-down American flag fly at the Alitos' Virginia home? Where did they get the "Appeal to Heaven" flag that flew at their New Jersey beach house? And more.


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