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Friday, July 8, 2011

Scalia's Son Represented Wal-Mart

This story is offensive. The Supreme Court just ruled in Wal-Mart's favor, in an employment class-action lawsuit. Scalia's son Eugene works for the law firm that represented Wal-Mart!

It's offensive that the mainstream media didn't highlight this fact, that Scalia's son works for Wal-Mart.

This is obviously a huge conflict of interest. However, the Supreme Court says it's OK, and their opinion is the only one who counts.

Even if Scalia did recuse himself, the other judges could be influenced. They might be inclined to rule in favor of their colleague's son.

The technicality is "Scalia's son was not working on this case. He did not receive any revenue from this case. Therefore, it's OK." That is false. "We won a high-profile Supreme Court case!" is a huge boost for that firm's revenue. Scalia will have an easier time finding clients, after this victory.

Having a Supreme Court judge's son on your side is a boost in all cases. Wouldn't it help at the appeals level or district level?

The legal system is a game played for the benefit of insiders. This is an example of flagrant corruption. If you're a relative of a judge, that's an unfair advantage in any trial. Even if judges were super-honest, it could be a problem.

Political insiders tend to be parasites or psychopaths. They know where their bread is buttered. They'll play the corruption game without being explicitly ordered to do so. Even if Scalia did recuse himself from this case, it was an obvious humongous conflict of interest.

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