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January 26, 2006

Scandal Of The Century: Where Was Nino?

Once again, an ABC exclusive has alerted right-thinking citizens to a potentially huge scandal brewing on SCOTUS:

At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the 17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country's top resorts, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society.

Not only did Scalia's absence appear to be a snub of the new chief justice, but according to some legal ethics experts, it also raised questions about the propriety of what critics call judicial junkets.

Orin Kerr wades in with the kind of hard-hitting incisive legal analysis we've all come to expect:

It remains unclear whether Justice Scalia will have to step down from the Supreme Court or face impeachment, as no Justice has ever missed a hearing as critical as a swearing-in ceremony before. Some scholars argue that having missed Roberts' swearing-in ceremony, Scalia lacks the qualifications to vote on cases heard by the Roberts Court. A group of law professors are rumored to be circulating a letter demanding that in light of Scalia's absence from the critical ceremony, Scalia's vote should now be ignored, and the vote of Justice Ginsburg (who was present) should be counted twice.

Sean has the video of ABC fulminating about the "ethics" of "who gets access to the justices, and why"? Scalia's absence back in DC, ABC assures us, did not go unnoticed.

This is a historic moment. The lamestream media have reached a level of DimWittery I had previously thought unattainable by mere mortals.

This event was scheduled well in advance of the Roberts swearing in ceremony, but according to ABC, Scalia should have simply cancelled at the last minute, leaving everyone who had incurred travel expenses and non-refundable reservations in the lurch. The other concern is that Scalia may have violated the non-existent SCOTUS code of ethics.

Stay tuned: perhaps ABC can get his impeachment hearings scheduled with W's. Maybe we'll have a double ceremony.

Posted by Cassandra at January 26, 2006 08:41 AM

Comments

Ok, Cass. That's two in one morning. It looks like I am going to owe you at least one dumbass payback.

Stupifying.

Posted by: spd rdr [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2006 10:31 AM

mr rdr:

It is no fun working this hard if I cannot at least pull your tail a bit in between breakdowns :)

Posted by: Cassandra [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2006 11:51 AM

Cass, my pathetic linking capabilities have robbed me of yet another attempt to appear ...What?..."Poignant." How about I just sled this bit of nonsense down the hill and leave it at that .
http://academic.udayton.edu/race/03justice/LegalEd/Whitest/index.htm

Good luck with your brain.

Posted by: spd rdr [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2006 06:42 PM

That, sir, was despicable.

You will pay.

Posted by: Cassandra [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2006 07:28 PM

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