A provocative flag placed in front of the home of US Justice Samuel Alito

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A provocative flag was photographed last year outside the home of conservative US Chief Justice Samuel Alito, the New York Times reported today, days after it reported that an American flag was hanging upside down outside his Virginia home in 2021.

A flag with the words Appeal to Heaven (a historical phrase denoting the right to riot), carried by some Donald Trump supporters during the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, was flown outside Alito's New Jersey vacation home in July and September 2023, announced The New York Times.

The chief justice last week faced calls from critics to recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 election after the New York Times reported that an American flag had been turned upside down outside his Virginia home days before Democratic President Joe Biden's January 2021 inauguration. .

Alito told The New York Times that his wife, Martha-Ann Alito, hung the flag upside down after an argument with a neighbor over a neighbor's lawn sign criticizing then-President Trump.

The upside-down American flag has become a symbol of protest by Trump supporters as he seeks to contest his election defeat with false claims of voter fraud. The Supreme Court is currently considering Trump's request for immunity from prosecution in the federal indictment against him for trying to overturn his loss in the 2020 election.

The justices are also considering an appeal by a Pennsylvania man who faces federal obstruction of justice charges for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The organization Appeal to Heaven says on its website that George Washington ordered the flag to be flown in October 1775, which features a pine tree below the slogan.

The organization claims that it "exists to honor the Lord by networking with elected officials who believe in Jesus Christ, who regularly attend and demonstrate commitment to a gospel-centered evangelical church, and who will commit to living and governing based on biblical, constitutional and federalist principles.

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