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Six members of the Supreme Court to attend SOTU

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011; 11:11 AM

Six of the nine Supreme Court justices will attend President Obama's State of the Union address, the court confirmed Tuesday. It didn't release names, but that likely means Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will continue his streak of attending the address, despite his misgivings that the speech and the partisan cheering and jeering that accompanies it had turned into a "political pep rally" that makes members of the court uncomfortable. The likely attendees are Roberts and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The no-shows would be Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Scalia and Thomas rarely attend the speech, and Alito is on a speaking engagement in Hawaii. Alito was at the center of last's year controversy at the State of the Union, where Obama made the rare decision to directly criticize the court for its

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