What do you call two Supreme Court Justices in preparation to rule on health care reform who attend a Federalist Society dinner sponsored by two anti-Obamacare law firms and a huge pharmaceutical company?
No big deal at all apparently…
The two justices have been attending Federalist Society events for years. And it's nothing that runs afoul of ethics rules. In fact, justices are exempt from the Code of Conduct that governs the actions of lower federal judges.
If they were, they arguably fell under code’s Canon 4C, which states, "A judge may attend fund-raising events of law-related and other organizations although the judge may not be a speaker, a guest of honor, or featured on the program of such an event."
Nevertheless, the sheer proximity of Scalia and Thomas to two of the law firms in the case, as well as to a company with a massive financial interest, was enough to alarm ethics-in-government activists.
Oh, no! Now Thomas and Scalia are never going to cast their vote in favor of the liberal side of this issue!
I really had a feeling they were gonna sway Thomas on this one.
Tags: Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Ethics, Health Care, Judiciary, Supreme Court