Scalia Doesn’t Duck Recusal–He Shoots It Down

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

Scalia Defends Hunting Trip With Cheney: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia strongly indicated he will ignore calls to recuse himself from a court case involving his friend and hunting partner, Vice President Dick Cheney.

Scalia told a gathering at Amherst College on Tuesday night there was nothing improper about his accompanying Cheney to Louisiana last month to hunt ducks. The trip came three weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Bush administration's appeal in a case involving private meetings of Cheney's energy task force.

“It did not involve a lawsuit against Dick Cheney as a private individual,” Scalia said in response to a question from the audience of about 600 people. “This was a government issue. It's acceptable practice to socialize with executive branch officials when there are not personal claims against them. That's all I'm going to say for now. Quack, quack.”

…yup, it's a duck.

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