During an appearance in Connecticut today, Antonin Scalia said his "proudest" moment on the Supreme Court came when he refused to recuse himself from a case involving his hunting buddy, Dick Cheney.
We're not making this up.
Scalia's comments came in response to a question from a University of Connecticut law student who apparently asked the associate justice about his decision not to recuse himself from the 2004 case involving Cheney's energy task force. The Sierra Club had asked Scalia to step aside from hearing the case, arguing that his hunting trip with the vice president created at least the appearance of a conflict of interest. Scalia rejected the argument then with an unprecedented 21-page opinion and a bizarre two-word response.
Calling his decision "the proudest thing I have done on the bench," Scalia said today that people ought to have more faith in his impartiality. "For Pete's sake," he said, "if you can't trust your Supreme Court justice more than that, get a life."