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February 08, 2004

Cheney & Scalia sittin' in a tree... K-I-S-S-I-N-G

This is confounding at best.

In a report by Michael Janofsky in the New York Times, Vice President Cheney went on a hunting trip in Louisianna last month with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as his "guest".

Now, let us get this clear in our admittedly thick heads... A Supreme Court Justice, who's vote helped to put the Vice President in the White House, is socializing with the Vice President? Although it smells, it's legal.

But, what about the fact that Cheney is a defendant in a case currently before the Supreme Court involving the Vice President's "Energy Task Force".

The Sierra Club's legal counsel has already hinted at requesting that Scalia recuse himself from the case.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee was befuddled. "He has to know that with similar tactics, in any state in the country, a State Supreme Court justice would have to recuse himself. It's Law School 101", Leahy said of Scalia.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, declined to respond to requests for a comment with the exception of a statement released by his office stating that he was confident Scalia "would do the right thing".

As usual, the mainstream press is laying low on this one.

Posted at 3:02 PM

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