Justice Alito, in secretly recorded audio recording, apparently agrees that the nation must return to the place of “godliness”MyClallamCounty.com

samuel-alito-5-gty-bb-240611_1718112180045_hpmain712503
In this March 7, 2019, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito testifies about the Court’s budget during a hearing of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE)

(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts had no comment Tuesday after a woman posing as a conservative Catholic allegedly secretly recorded them at a black-tie event last week.

Lauren Windsor — looking out for the justices at the Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual gala — apparently tried to involve them in the country’s culture wars.

At one point, the liberal filmmaker struck up a conversation with Justice Alito, a staunch conservative well-known on the court.

She posted what appears to be edited audio of this exchange on X, detailed in an account first published by rolling stone.

ABC News has not authenticated the audio.

In one exchange, Windsor asks Alito a leading question, suggesting that there can be no compromise between the right and the left.

Alito seems to agree, saying there are fundamental differences that are difficult to resolve.

In the edited recording, Windsor continues to push Alito, saying, “people in this country who believe in God must continue to fight for this, to return our country to a place of godliness.” »

Alito responds by saying, “I agree with you, I agree with you.”

Windsor also published an exchange with Chief Justice Roberts, a moderate conservative, at the same event, in which she suggested to him that America is a Christian nation.

Roberts pushes back, saying, “Yeah. I don’t know if we live in a Christian nation. I know a lot of Jewish and Muslim friends who might say not. And it’s not our role to do that. It’s our job to decide cases as best we can.

The Supreme Court Historical Society on Tuesday condemned the surreptitious recording of Roberts and Alito at the private gala, where Windsor said tickets cost $500 each.

“The annual Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner is an opportunity to recognize and support the educational and historical work of the Society over the past year. Society members are permitted to purchase two tickets, one for themselves and one for a guest,” James C. Defer, executive director of the society, said in a statement.

“Our policy is to ensure that all participants, including judges, are treated with respect. We condemn the surreptitious recording of judges during the event, which is inconsistent with the spirit of the evening. Participants are advised that discussion of pending cases, cases decided by this Court or the jurisprudence of any Judge is strictly prohibited and may result in loss of membership in the Society,” it said.

ABC News contacted the chambers of the Chief Justice, Justice Alito and the court itself and received no response.

The secret recording controversy comes as the court prepares to issue more than a dozen major rulings over the next three weeks and remains under close public scrutiny for its ethical practices and transparency.

Copyright © 2024, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.