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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Gasp! Scalia Presenter at Seminar! Plays TENNIS!

I am shocked and appalled!

Jack Abramoff "once worked" at one of the firms that was there! Oh me oh my! The horror, the horror! What if the hospital at which he was born had been there? Perhaps somebody from the LAW SCHOOL he attended!

What a crock.


From the ever vigilant folks at ABC (H/T to Drudge):


Jan. 23, 2006 — At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the
17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the
Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned
that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country's top resorts,
the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society. Not only did Scalia's absence appear to be a snub of the new chief justice, but according to some legal ethics experts, it also raised questions about the propriety of what critics call judicial junkets.
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"It's unfortunate of course that what kept him from the swearing-in was an activity that is itself of dubious ethical propriety," said Stephen Gillers, a New York University law professor, who is a recognized scholar on legal ethics.

Scalia Mum
Scalia spent two nights at the luxury resort lecturing at the legal seminar where ABC News also found him on the tennis court, heading out for a fly-fishing expedition, and socializing with members of the Federalist Society, the conservative activist group that paid for the expenses of his trip.
At a press conference, almost two weeks later, Scalia was not inclined to tell reporters his whereabouts during Roberts' swearing-in."I was out of town with a commitment that I could not break, and that's what the public information office told you," he said. It "doesn't matter what it was. It was
a commitment that I couldn't break," Scalia continued when questioned
further.


According to the event's invitation, obtained by ABC News, the
Federalist Society promised members who attended the seminar an exclusive and
"rare opportunity to spend time, both socially and intellectually" with
Scalia. "I think Justice Scalia should not have gone on that trip for several reasons," Gillers commented. "They are a group with a decided political-slash-judicial profile."
One night at the resort, Scalia attended a cocktail reception, sponsored in part by the same lobbying and law firm where convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff once worked.
"You know a lot of people would be embarrassed at that. I don't think Antonin Scalia will be embarrassed," Gillers continue.


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