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1 cinesimon  Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:13:17am

He’s exempt from any and all ethics rules. he says he is.
He even ruled it so!

2 dragonath  Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:33:00am

Abe Simpson?

3 jayjaybear  Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:04:32am

Is that like the conservative version of “Friends of Dorothy”?

4 steve_davis  Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:11:23am

re: #2 dragonath

Abe Simpson?

we wore onions on our belts, as that was the fashion at the time…..

5 majii  Fri, Jun 28, 2013 1:58:34pm

I feel pretty certain that Jon Voight was lurking around somewhere, kissing Scalia’s rear end and licking up the juices.

6 jamesfirecat  Sat, Jun 29, 2013 6:04:18am

re: #4 steve_davis

we wore onions on our belts, as that was the fashion at the time…..

Style at the time!

7 John Vreeland  Sat, Jun 29, 2013 7:54:48am

I am confused here. Are you upset that Scalia has personal opinions and is willing to speak about them in public, or are you upset that he did not take private money for it?

8 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jun 29, 2013 8:03:39am

I am upset that he spoke to a non-partisan group, one whose views I find abhorrent, on the taxpayer’s dime.

Justices are supposed to at least pretend to be impartial.

9 Political Atheist  Sat, Jun 29, 2013 8:22:02am

re: #8 Romantic Heretic

Impartial in court, in terms of legal cases. No one is impartial in their personal life. I had no idea that SCOTUS judges give up their ability to speak where they choose to express personal opinions when they take the job.

Is this a rule we would apply to all judges at the high level or just the ones we don’t like? If a liberal judge speaks at a liberal or progressive event what would we make of RW outrage? Me, I’d dismiss it out of hand. Personal life is personal.

10 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jun 29, 2013 9:35:46am

re: #9 Political Atheist

If a ‘liberal’ judge spoke to a group specifically set up for political purposes, as Friends of Abe is, I would oppose that too.

When Scalia’s expense report is examined it shows that most of the groups he spoke to are non-partisan. Speaking at law schools, universities and bar associations I have no problem with. They are, hopefully, discussing how the law is created, applied and enforced.

Friends of Abe is a political group. Their purpose is not to study the law but to support a particular political philosophy in gaining and keeping power.

That Scalia would speak to them, on the taxpayer’s dime, makes it appear that the judge may have been influenced not by his understanding of the law and the Constitution but by people whose interest is power.

Not a good thing in my opinion.

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