NY Post fellates Scalia

Al Franken decided to be a bit of a stinker at a "Conversations on the Circle" event earlier this week featuring what we can only assume was a downright collegial chat between Supreme Court Justice Scalia and Time's Norman Pearlstine.

Anticipating an evening of softballs, Franken, according to Murdoch's vanity rag, the NY Post:
"started talking about 'judicial demeanor' and asking 'hypothetically' about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had gone duck-hunting or flown in a private jet with a party in a case before his court."
"Franken was clumsily referring to the fact that Scalia had gone hunting and flying with Dick Cheney before the 2000 election."
Glass houses, NY Post. The incident that Franken is referring to, took place after the 2000 election, not before.

But, no matter, facts have no place in a Murdoch venture that loses $40 million annually and more than half a billion since he took it over.

All asweat with excitement, the Post continues: "Scalia lectured Franken, 'Demeanor is the wrong word. You mean ethics.' Then he explained, 'Ethics is governed by tradition. It has never been the case where you recuse because of friendship.'"

Actually, that's not entirely true. As Tony Mauro writes in Legal Times: "Like all federal judges, the justices are subject to a federal ethics law -- 28 U.S.C. § 455(a) -- that requires recusal when a judge's 'impartiality might reasonably be questioned.'"

And questioned his relationship with Cheney has been. By numerous editorials all across America from the Houston Chronicle to the San Antonio Express News to the Seattle P-I.

Also, ask yourself this: if you were being sued and the judge and your opponent were buddies, would you feel comfortable with that?

And by the way, demeanor, which the American Heritage dictionary defines as "The way in which a person behaves; deportment," works quite nicely in this situation.

As in: Scalia's demeanor must compete for shameful anti-American asshat status with the New York Post's.

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