To rule in a case involving a politically aligned hunting buddy is definitely bad, but when you do it time after time without remorse, the pattern of partiality becomes impossible to ignore. Even Rep. Pickering saw the conflict, thus skipped out on a hunting trip with his father and Justice Scalia in 2002.
Yahoo! News – Renewed Focus on Scalia Trip: “At the time, the redistricting battle drew little attention outside of Mississippi. Local papers and the Washington Post reported the Democrats’ outrage at what they considered political manipulation and pointed out the close relationship between Scalia and the Pickerings. And a closer look now at Scalia’s role shows that he distanced himself from one of his own states’ rights rulings in siding with Rep. Pickering. “