Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Scalia played tennis during Roberts' swearing-in? Federalist Society has a different story

Monday night, ABC's Nightline ran a story about Justice Antonin Scalia blowing off the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Justice John Roberts last September. Instead, according to ABC, Scalia was at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Creek in Colorado at a conference sponsored by the Federalist Society, where he played tennis.

The Federalist Society has a different take on ABC's claim, as the Rocky Mountain News reports:

Justice Scalia arrived and left Colorado without spending any extra days to engage in recreational activity," Leo's statement said. "He arrived at the hotel the night before the course at 11 p.m., having traveled by car for three hours ... He departed at around 6:30 a.m. the morning after the course ended in order to fly back home. The event started at 8 a.m. each of the mornings, and, despite ABC Nightline's emphasis on Justice Scalia participating in tennis at the hotel, he spent less than two hours playing the game over the course of those two days.

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