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01/30/04 - Washington

Democrats Want Scalia to Withdraw from Cheney Case

Should a Supreme Court justice be allowed to hear a case involving his hunting buddy?

Democrats in Congress don't think so. They're increasing their pressure on Justice Antonin Scalia, trying to get him to sit this one out.

The case involves Vice President Cheney, a friend of his. They recently went duck hunting together in Louisiana.

Last month, the high court said it would hear Cheney's appeal in a case stemming from his refusal to identify members of his energy task force.

Scalia says there was nothing wrong with the hunting trip.

Under federal law, judges have to stay out of cases in which their "impartiality might reasonably be questioned." That kept judges in Arkansas with ties to President Clinton from hearing Whitewater-related cases.

Two Democratic House members are asking Chief Justice William Rehnquist why a different standard should apply to friends of Clinton than to friends of Cheney.

Scalia told the Los Angeles Times he doesn't think his "impartiality could reasonably be questioned."

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