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Supreme Court Justices John Roberts And Samuel Alito Sell Stocks To Reduce Conflicts Of Interest

06/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, whose investments forced them to sit out cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, have significantly reduced their stock holdings, their latest financial disclosures show.

Roberts sold all his shares in four companies last year - Becton Dickinson & Co. (BDX, Fortune 500), Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO, Fortune 500), Citigroup Inc. (C, Fortune 500) and Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK, Fortune 500) - worth $117,000 to $265,000.

Alito sold all his stock in Intel Corp. (INTC, Fortune 500), worth $15,000 to $50,000, and reduced his holdings in three other companies: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY, Fortune 500), ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM, Fortune 500) and McDonald's Corp. (MCD, Fortune 500) The information was contained in the justices' annual report on their finances, released Friday.

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