Thursday, March 18, 2004
Justice Scalia Refuses to Recuse in Cheney Case|
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia refused on Thursday to remove himself from a case about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force, even though their recent duck-hunting trip raised questions about his impartiality.Scalia might be right. There was never any doubt as to how he would rule on this case. He would have sided for Cheney with or without the hunting trip.
"Since I do not believe my impartiality can reasonably be questioned, I do not think it would be proper for me to recuse," he said in a 21-page memorandum released by the nation's high court.
According to the motion, Scalia and his daughter were Cheney's guests on Air Force Two on a Jan. 5 flight to Louisiana. Cheney and Scalia were guests of the president of an energy services company on a duck-hunting vacation.