Political Cartoon Paper

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POLITICAL CARTOON PAPER 1 Political Cartoon Paper POLITICAL CARTOON PAPER 2 I chose a political cartoon that shows Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, that depicts their questionable duck hunting trip. After the Supreme Court ruled that Cheney must make known the undisclosed parties who aided him in the development of the energy plan, Cheney and Scalia engaged in a duck hunt to the Louisiana bayou. Although federal law states, "Any justice...shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might be questioned" (American Bar Association Code of Judicial Conduct), a 21-page memorandum, written by Scalia, stated that this trip did not alter his impartiality and rejected suggestions concerning a conflict of interest and his recusal from the case. I believe Scalia argued persuasively and supported his reasoning why a withdrawal from the case appeared unwarranted and unsupported. Therefore, I believe Scalia’s decision not to withdraw from the case looked to be both fitting and proper and the hunting trip nothing POLITICAL CARTOON PAPER 3 more than a hunting trip having nothing to do with the case. It would also appear that the request by the Sierra Club concerning Scalia’s recusal from the Chaney case was no more than a political ploy by the Sierra Club trying to tip-the-scale in their favor. POLITICAL CARTOON PAPER 4 Reference Memorandum of Scalia, J. Retrieved August 30, 2012, from http://news.findlaw.com/

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