Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Every single honest judge in the US, without exception, recuses himself or herself when there exists a possibility of the "appearance of a personal involvement" with a contestant before the court. Justice Scalia did not do that in an appeal relating to a matter in which the Sierra Club was involved. The Supreme Court is now expounding a rule that judges should step out of cases that involve big money contributors to their election. The Supreme Court does not need to make a ruling that judges should avoid the appearance of personal involvement. It is already a hard-and-fast rule that all honest judges follow. By definition, dishonest judges don't follow the rules and can't be expected to follow this one.