What was that about ‘absolute power corrupting absolutely’?
Congratulations Antonin Scalia! You just officially tainted Cheney, 03-475:
A defiant Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia refused Thursday to remove himself from a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney, a close friend, dismissing questions about a possible conflict of interest.
He rejected a request by the Sierra Club, which said it was improper for Scalia to take a hunting trip with Cheney while the environmental group’s lawsuit involving the vice president was pending at the court.
“Even one unnecessary recusal impairs the functioning of the court,” Scalia wrote in a 21-page memo.
The Sierra Club is suing to get information about private meetings of Cheney’s energy task force.
Scalia has maintained there was nothing improper about the trip he took with Cheney three weeks after the court agreed to consider the case.
Pressure on Scalia to stay out of the case had mounted in recent weeks, with calls from dozens of newspapers for the conservative Reagan administration appointee to recuse to protect the court’s image of impartiality.
With one and possibly two vacancies expected on the Supreme Court in the next year or so, John Kerry should make this an issue.