Friday, January 16, 2004
Cheney Hunting Trip With Scalia Raises Impartiality Questions
Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in south Louisiana, just three weeks after the high court agreed to take up the vice president's appeal involving lawsuits over his handling of the administration's energy task force.
While Scalia and Cheney are avid hunters and long-time friends, several experts in legal ethics questioned the timing of their trip.
"The better part of wisdom should have led Justice Scalia to avoid the vice president while this case was pending before the court," said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers.
Federal law says "any justice or judge shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might be questioned."
For nearly three years, Cheney has been fighting demands that he reveal whether he met with energy industry officials, including then-Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, when he was formulating the president's energy policy...
"I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned," Scalia said today in a written response to an inquiry about the hunting trip.....
I have an idea. After we get rid of Bush and Cheney, let's start impeaching these bastards on the Supreme Court, too.
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