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Scalia's Conflict

Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
11:47 AM ET (US)
E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post chimes in.
Imagine you were in a bitter court fight with a former business partner. Would you want the judge in your case to be someone who went duck hunting with your opponent and flew to the hunt on your opponent's plane? Would it make you feel confident to know that the judge was in a position to issue a "warm recommendation" that your opponent join a particular hunting expedition and thus make one of the judge's friends -- an "admirer" of your opponent in the case -- feel good?

And now consider that you, as a citizen, have a right to know with whom Cheney consulted in writing an energy bill that was overwhelmingly tilted toward the interests of an industry in which the vice president was once a central player. Scalia admits that recusal might be in order "where the personal fortune or the personal freedom of the friend is at issue." But not to worry. What's at stake here are only Cheney's political fortunes, the interests of the industry that Cheney once worked for, and the public's right to know. No big deal.
Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
10:07 AM ET (US)
Maureen Dowd weighs in.

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