Peter Jung tipped me off to ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Ethics Problem?:
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.
“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.
Update: Then again, maybe it’s not a duck?