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F E A T U R ETracey ShiffmanStranger in Paradise - 1998From his book Sitting Ducks Besorgungstitel: versandfertig in 1 bis 2 WochenTo E-Mail The Dark Wizard Click HereLike many artists whose work is deceptively simple, Bedard is not. He is a complex and highly intelligent man. He labors over each work he creates, painstakingly researching the issues, the treatment of the characters and the effect on the viewer, executing drawing after drawing before he ever sets out to create the final product.The Cheney case involves a request by two organizations-the watchdog group Judicial Watch and an environmental lobby, the Sierra Club-for details about the participants in Cheney's energy policy task force. The groups contend that the task force included energy company executives and lobbyists, including Enron's Ken Lay. The resulting energy policy was arguably kinder to the oil companies than to the trees, birds, and ducks-which makes no sense if you're Cheney, since you need to keep the ducks alive, if only to hunt and kill them later.Cheney is defending his secrecy with claims of executive privilege, arguing that if the president is forced to name his close advisers, there can be no candid discussions in the White House. The argument has merit, if you can ignore the smell of steaming hot traded favors in this particular case. Cheney lost in the lower court and in the federal appeals court, and the Supreme Court will likely hear the case in April.Whether or not a justice is too compromised to hear a case is decided, at the Supreme Court level, by the justices themselves, without written justification. The main statute that guides them, Title 28, Section 455 of the U.S. Code, ambiguously provides that judges must recuse (or excuse) themselves in any case in which their impartiality might reasonably be questioned. The statute does not purport to comprehensively set out every factor that may compromise a judge's objectivity. It does offer some, including having family members with a stake in the case or having a financial stake in the outcome.What's important to understand is that whether one's impartiality might be questioned is not necessarily a subjective test-which is why Scalia's claim to the Los Angeles Times that he can be impartial is immaterial. The real issue is public confidence and public perception. And it's hard to envisage any citizen who'd feel comfortable walking into a trial and seeing her judge and the opposing party still giggling together in their camouflage hats.The dispute has led, predictably, to Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Patrick Leahy of Vermont's letter asking Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist what procedures exist for Supreme Court justices to determine whether they have violated Section 455 or any other relevant ethical rule and what steps the court might take to bounce a justice who won't step aside voluntarily. Rehnquist fired back his own nasty-gram insisting that any suggestion that Scalia should recuse himself in a pending case, is ill considered. The quacking got louder as Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and John Conyers, D- Mich., sent a similar letter asking Rehnquist to consider setting up some formal review system for challenging a justice's recusal decisions.Greater pressure in this direction is coming from litigants as well. Earlier this term, one of the parties to the notorious Pledge of Allegiance case, Michael Newdow, had the temerity to suggest that Scalia recuse himself, based on less-than-temperate comments made by Scalia last year. Newdow claimed Scalia appeared to have prejudged the case before it arrived at the court, and Scalia surprised everyone by stepping down. Newdow's actions, seen as audacious at the time, now look like smart tactics. In future, emboldened advocates are increasingly likely to challenge the notion that only the justices may decide when they are compromised, by filing requests that justices step down, pointing out where they are conflicted, and attempting to publicly shame them into stepping aside.Gretchen MolAvailability: Usually ships in 24 hoursUsed & new from 0.01 Survival Of The Fittest Resicast 1/35 West German Volkswagen Iltis.Buy/TradeUrsula AndressA GIFT FOR GIVING: AMERICA'S BEST 100 CHARITIESTuesday, January 1, 2002Jumpstart pairs struggling preschoolers in Head Start with college students who help prepare them academically and socially for school. 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