Wednesday, August 30, 2006

In Case You Forgot, Scalia's Evil

The Associated Press would like you to know that Justice Antonin Scalia has had particularly nefarious dealings with all sorts of dark and sinister organizations:

Justice Antonin Scalia was the Supreme Court's most frequent traveler last year with 24 expense-paid trips that took him as far as Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Australia.

Law schools and legal groups paid for most of Scalia's travel, although Italian heritage organizations, media giant Time Warner Inc., the Roman Catholic Diocese of Louisiana and the Juilliard School also covered some trips.

It is well known that the Julliard School uses bribery to corrupt all manner of public officials.

The article doesn't fail to imply sinister dealings, even though the trips were perfectly legal. What's worse is that Scalia was more or less singled out for this treatment. Other Justices made similar trips, though not as many, and six of the nine, including Scalia, reported incomes of over $1,000,000. Enviable, but not criminal, even though this fact is presented thusly:
Scalia also is one of at least six millionaires among the nine justices, with assets of $1.1 million to $2.6 million.

Implying they could all be millionaires, not just the standard-bearer Scalia, and that they may not be reporting everything as honestly as they might. The other millionaires aren't named until the end of the article, and reporter Mark Sherman notes that Justice Sam Alito might be among the millionaires depending on how one valued his assets.

By the end of the piece one is left wondering what, exactly, this story is meant to accomplish. Since he is mentioned so extensively, one can reasonably conclude that it is about discrediting the integrity of Justice Scalia in particular.

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