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    February 27, 2004
    Los Angeles Times

    Scalia Took Trip Set Up by Lawyer in Two Cases
    Kansas visit in 2001 came within weeks of the Supreme Court hearing arguments.

    By Richard A. Serrano and David G. Savage, Times Staff Writers

    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the guest of a Kansas law school two years ago and went pheasant hunting on a trip arranged by the school's dean, all within weeks of hearing two cases in which the dean was a lead attorney.

    The cases involved issues of public policy important to Kansas officials. Accompanying Scalia on the November 2001 hunting trip were the Kansas governor and the recently retired state Senate president, who flew with Scalia to the hunting camp aboard a state plane.

    Two weeks before the trip, University of Kansas School of Law Dean Stephen R. McAllister, along with the state's attorney general, had appeared before the Supreme Court to defend a Kansas law to confine sex offenders after they complete their prison terms.

    Two weeks after the trip, the dean was before the high court to lead the state's defense of a Kansas prison program for treating sex criminals.


    Scalia was hosted by McAllister, who also served as Kansas state solicitor, when he visited the law school to speak to students. At Scalia's request, McAllister arranged for the justice to go pheasant hunting after the law school event. And the dean enlisted then-Gov. Bill Graves and former state Senate President Dick Bond, both Republicans.

    During the weekend of hunting in north-central Kansas, Graves and Bond said in separate interviews recently, they did not talk about the cases with Scalia, nor did they view the trip as a way to win his favor.

    Scalia later sided with Kansas in both cases.

    In a written statement, Scalia said: "I do not think that spending time at a law school in which the counsel in pending cases was the dean could reasonably cause my impartiality to be questioned. Nor could spending time with the governor of a state that had matters before the court."

    Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported that Scalia had been a guest of Vice President Dick Cheney on Air Force Two when they went duck hunting in southern Louisiana. That trip came shortly after the high court had agreed to hear Cheney's appeal seeking to keep secret his national energy policy task force.

    The details of the Louisiana hunting trip, coupled with the visit to Kansas, provide a rare look at a Supreme Court justice who has socialized with government officials at times when legal matters important to them were before the high court.

    Federal law says that "any justice or judge shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might be questioned." By tradition and court policy, justices are free to determine for themselves what constitutes a conflict.
    The Dude abides.

  • #2
    Just another example that Republicans don't care about judicial corruption.

    If Bush is re-elected, he'll try to appoint even more radical and corrput justices to the Supreme Court.

    John Ashcroft - get your robe ready.
    2005 Mandatory Loyalty Oath: I love America, our troops, baseball, Moms, and certain pies. I want no harm to come to any of those institutions, nor do I take any glee in their demise.

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    • #3
      Quack quack.
      I'm always right.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kaiser@Feb 27 2004, 12:28 PM
        Quack quack.
        , if it weren't, on the other hand, so troubling...
        The Dude abides.

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        • #5
          Moe, to tell you the truth, I don't get it either. Scalia is a smart cookie. He has to know how this stuff looks.
          I'm always right.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kaiser@Feb 27 2004, 12:41 PM
            Moe, to tell you the truth, I don't get it either. Scalia is a smart cookie. He has to know how this stuff looks.
            IMO, it argues for regime change. These cats are feeling pretty proud of themselves these days. Like we work for them.

            Moe
            The Dude abides.

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