FauxPolitik

Monday, March 22, 2004

More Recusal: Here's a nearly fair look from the L.A. Times. Different justices have different standards. it seems to me, though, that the comparisons between Scalia and Ginsberg miss the point. Scalia went on a hunting trip. Ginsberg lends her name to a political organization (NOW) devoted, in part at least, to the protection of abortion rights. In other words, Scalia's trip is a murky and debatable case of indirect social connection and a space-available ride (standard practice) on a government airplane. Ginsberg's situation, on the other hand, is a case of support and outright advocacy on an issue that has been and could again be before her in court, even though the Times mentions her conflict only in passing -- choosing to focus on duck hunting and penny-ante poker games.

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