The LA Times gets the scoop:
- The Vice President's office paid for Justice Scalia's plane trip to the now-notorious duck hunt
- At least one of Justice Scalia's children also flew on Air Force 2, although the article doesn't say who paid for that ticket
- In what looks a lot like a sign of guilty consciences, photographers were not allowed to take pictures of the Veep and the Justice deplaning, but were allowed to take pictures a few days later, when the Veep, this time not accompanied by the Justice, was boarding the aircraft.
I'm not saying that every single time a Justice in the course of things related to their official duties gets something of value from the White House they should pay for it, even if the White House has an important case before the court. If, for example, a Justice goes to a state dinner, s/he should not be expected to pay for the meal.
This is totally different. It's a personal not an official thing.
Traditionally the legal definition of chutzpah was 'killing your parents and throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you are an orphan'. Maybe it's time to redefine it as 'going on a private hunting trip partly paid for by the Vice President's office, then sitting to hear a challenge to the legality of secret meetings held by the Vice President.'
I am certain that history will be brutal to these people, but that's rather cold comfort.