At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the 17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country’s top resorts, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society.
It really is amazing how brazen Justice Scalia was taking a junket like this in conflict with the swearing-in ceremony of someone he’s going to be working with for the rest of his life. It makes me wonder how he makes decisions. Does he work for the United States as a supreme court justice, or is his first responsibility to the Federalist Society, who pay for his drinks and lodging at the Ritz-Carlton?