The best government money can buy……Even in the Supreme Court.
Normally you wouldn’t find out about a Supreme Court Justice getting a fancy VIP trip paid for by others. The only reason you get to find out this time is because Justice Scalia died while on the trip.
So now the media gets to shine a flashlight into the corners. Next time he should plan that better so nobody finds out about the questionable behavior.
the associate justice was on a hunting trip at the 30,000-acre luxury resort of John B. Poindexter, owner of J.B. Poindexter & Co., a Houston manufacturing firm.
The Supreme Court last year declined to hear a case involving an age-discrimination lawsuit against Poindexter's company.
Scalia wasn't charged for his stay
"He was an invited guest, along with a friend."
Scalia presumably would've noted the event on his expense report, but such reports don't detail who is involved with events alongside justices. If Scalia had survived the trip, Poindexter's involvement would likely have gone unnoticed.
This isn't the first time Scalia has forgone the Caesar's-wife appearance of extreme propriety for a good hunting trip.
In 2004 Scalia joined Dick Cheney at a private camp in southern Louisiana while Cheney was the subject of a lawsuit over his energy task force.
Legal experts questioned whether Scalia ought to be shooting game with a man he might be forced to convict. In response, Scalia said only, "I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned." He also filed a 21-page argument detailing why he refused to sit out the case. The quail have declined to comment.