Justice Samuel Alito didn’t take part in Wednesday’s FERC case due to his ownership of Johnson Controls stock, as its EnergyConnect subsidiary is a party in the case.
But as Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports, Justice Stephen Breyer did, even though his wife also owned a $33,000 stake in the same company. She sold her shares only after a reporter inquiry.
Commenting in Stohr’s story, Fix the Court’s Gabe Roth said, “We don’t begrudge the justices for wanting to invest [but] when you look at their holdings, a lot of the stocks they own are in the blue-chip companies that often have cases before the justices. And nobody wants a tie.”