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Justice Alito Didn't Attend SOTU Because He Was Staying An Execution

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Alito attended his last State of the Union speech in 2010, when he mouthed "not true" after President Obama criticized the Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

After the incident, Alito said he didn't like sitting through political speeches "like the proverbial potted plant."

Alito was one of four Supreme Court Justices who skipped the address. Sonia Sotomayer was traveling, while Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia have both skipped the past few State of the Union speeches.