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Letter: High-end vacations for Supreme justices

In a news release from the U.S. Supreme

In a news release from the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts said Scalia "was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served." Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong

The unfortunate death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has brought forth discussion on the battle to name his replacement [“Conservative icon on Supreme Court,” News, Feb. 14].

However, when Scalia died, he was on a hunting trip at a high-end resort in Texas. This was a gifted vacation with persons who could one day have business before the court.

Without inferring that Scalia or other Supreme Court justices might be influenced by gifts from special interest groups, shouldn’t they avoid even the appearance of impropriety?

Yet, Chief Justice John Roberts has claimed that the Supreme Court is not governed by the same ethical rules as other judges in the federal court system. More changes than naming Scalia’s replacement might be needed.

Clifford D. Glass, Rego Park

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