COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF AMERICA

by Justices Alito and Thomas

David Martin
The Left Is Right
Published in
3 min readJun 18, 2024

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The Commentaries on the Laws of England by the jurist Sir William Blackstone is an 18th-century treatise on the common law of England. It has been an influential legal resource for centuries and is still occasionally relied on by modern jurists.

Over the years, however, the law has markedly changed. Two current jurists have reportedly been working on an updated version of Blackstone’s Commentaries with the working title Commentaries on the Laws of America by Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

Selected excerpts from a draft version of the new work follow.

Conflict of interest

It is an essential principle of the legal system that members of the bench have no conflicts of interest. This is such a crucial aspect of the judicial system that judges should not only have no actual conflicts of interest but no apparent conflicts as well. If so, the judge in question should recuse himself or herself from the case at hand. Of course, this doctrine has no application at the highest court level since the justices in question have repeatedly been vetted by the Senate in their advancement to the U. S. Supreme Court. Moreover, they have a lifetime tenure with nothing further to be gained and thus practically immune from any conflicts.

Gifts

Judges should not accept gifts from potential litigants except for speaking fees, residencies, or token…

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David Martin
The Left Is Right

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