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Lee Ross of FoxNews has this story on the uncertain attendance of the Supreme Court Justices at tomorrow's State of the Union Address.  As of Friday, a court spokeswoman couldn't confirm attendance plans for any of the nine, but several Justices have made clear their feelings on the issue:

Chief Justice Roberts: "To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I'm not sure why we're there."

Justice Alito:  "For many years the more senior members of the Supreme Court, Justice [John Paul] Stevens before he retired, Justice [Antonin] Scalia, stopped the practice of attending State of the Union addresses because they have become very political events and very awkward for the justices. . . We have to sit there like the proverbial potted plant most of the time.  And we're not allowed to applaud--and those of us who are more disciplined refrain from manifesting any emotion or opinion whatsoever."

Justice Thomas:  "I don't go because it has become so partisan. . . And it's very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there.  There's a lot that you don't hear on TV: the catcalls, the whooping and hollering and under-the-breath comments.  One of the consequences is now the court becomes part of the conversation, if you want to call it that, in the speeches.  It's just an example of why I don't go.

Justice Scalia:  "It is a juvenile spectacle, and I resent being called upon to give it dignity. . . It's really not appropriate for the justices to be there."

Justice Breyer:  "I think it's very, very, very important -- very important -- for us to show up at that State of the Union, because people today, as you know, are more and more visual. . . I'd like them to read, but they are visual.  And what they see in front of them in that State of the Union is the federal government, every part -- the president, the Congress, the cabinet, the military, and I would like them to see the judges, too, because federal judges are also part of that government.  And I want to be there."

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