20 January, 2004

Duck Hunt

Trip With Cheney Puts Ethics Spotlight on Scalia (login required)

Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in southern Louisiana just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president's appeal in lawsuits over his handling of the administration's energy task force.


The pair arrived Jan. 5 on Gulfstream jets and were guests of Wallace Carline, the owner of Diamond Services Corp., an oil services company in Amelia, La. The Associated Press in Morgan City, La., reported the trip on the day the vice president and his entourage departed.

Let's see. You go duck hunting for the weekend with your friend of many years. No problem there. The hunting trip is sponsored by an oil services company. Again, no problem. But wait. You're a Supreme Court Justice, and you're getting ready to hear a case that involves your friend, the vice-president of the United States, and his dealings creating an energy policy, and who might have been involved in crafting it. Maybe, just possibly, there is the slightest chance of a problem. Miniscule, I mean. Hardly worth noting, I guess.

Thanks to Randy for the link.

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