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Alito, Breyer Own Same Stock, Yet Only Alito Recuses from Related Energy Case

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.”

Read the full report here.

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