Skip to comments.Scalia discloses 24 expense-paid trips
Posted on 08/31/2006 11:34:43 AM PDT by Alex1977
Justice Antonin Scalia was the Supreme Court's most frequent traveler last year with 24 expense-paid trips that took him as far as Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Australia.
Law schools and legal groups paid for most of Scalia's travel, although Italian heritage organizations, media giant Time Warner Inc., the Roman Catholic Diocese of Louisiana and the Juilliard School also covered some trips.
The information was included in Scalia's financial disclosure report, filed earlier this month. The other eight justices' finances for 2005 were disclosed in June. Scalia received an extension.
Scalia also is one of at least six millionaires among the nine justices, with assets of $1.1 million to $2.6 million.
The bulk of his holdings are in a trust valued at $500,000 to $1 million, a money market fund with $250,000 to $500,000, and a retirement fund from his days as a law professor that is worth $100,000 to $250,000.
Scalia supplemented his $203,000 annual court salary with $21,900 for part-time teaching and a book review in the conservative journal First Things.
He traveled twice to Italy in 2005, spending a week in Rome and Palermo, Italy, in May courtesy of the National Italian American Foundation. Scalia returned to Rome in September for a conference. That trip was paid by an organization called the Mentor Group.
Trinity College in Melbourne, Australia, paid for Scalia's trip Down Under in October. The National University of Ireland in Galway sponsored Scalia in February. The University of Kansas School of Law sent the justice to Istanbul, Turkey, for 11 days in July.
Like other federal officials, the justices each year report their assets, including gifts and earnings, but in broad ranges of thousands of dollars instead of exact amounts. In addition, the justices are required to provide some details of reimbursements they receive for travel.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy took 15 expense-paid trips and Justice Stephen Breyer made 14 in 2005.
The other millionaires on the court are Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter, John Paul Stevens and Breyer. Justice Samuel Alito might be in that category as well, with assets of $665,000 to $1.7 million.
Justices are paid $203,000 each year. The chief justice's salary is $212,100.
As long as he wasn't there to discover precedence in Irish law, he can travel as much as he wants on my tab.
What the heck is wrong with Kennedy and Thomas that they can't scrape together their million?
You have to wonder, if Kennedy had been the guy with the highest number of trips, would the AP still have run this story?
It is amazing how modest his resources are for a person who has reached the very top in his well paid profession. Anybody who owns a home inside the Beltway is worth a million if the mortgage is paid off.
Nice try buttplug! You fooled with the words until it looked like Scalia was the only millionaire, but he is clearly in the majority. It's also amazing how the upper end of your range ($2.6 mil) is more than twice the lower end of your range ($1.1 mil).
As millionaires go, he is a pretty poor one. What about the worth of Hill and Bill?
As for the trips, when orgn ask him to be a guest, is AP hinting he should pay his own way? His speaking trips can only enhance the US. How do his trips compare with Jimmuh, peanut-head Carter? Carter's trips diminish us, and I seriously doubt he pays for a one of them.
Everyday I loathe the MSM more and more.
Sorry Mark, absolutely nobody cares.
So about every two weeks, Scalia travelled on someone else's dime. One hopes he's not too tired to make decisions involving any of the payers.
And these guys just over once a month. The best Justice money can buy.
If Thomas were a liberal you know what the article would be about.
"Nice try buttplug! You fooled with the words until it looked like Scalia was the only millionaire, but he is clearly in the majority."
The guy said he is one of at least six millionaires. Seems pretty clear to me he's not the only one. Don't see any fooling with the words here.
"It's also amazing how the upper end of your range ($2.6 mil) is more than twice the lower end of your range ($1.1 mil)."
It's not the author's range, it's one of the set ranges the justices are given to fill in on these forms.
It's a good thing they can get their travel subsidized, this is LOW pay for what they do.
I wonder how many trips Souter made to the Bathhouse...
indeed, very low. we have public school teachers here on long island making near $125K a year.
Justice Antonin Scalia was the Supreme Court's most frequent traveler last year with 24 expense-paid trips that took him as far as Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Australia. Ho boy,ole Mark Sherman jumped on this obscure fact like a hound dog on pork chop didn't he ???
"Scalia also is one of at least six millionaires among the nine justices, with assets of $1.1 million to $2.6 million."
Big deal. So an Italian boy makes good. You got a problem with that?
Must be a slow day down at the Ass. Press for Mrs. Sherman's little Markie. Scalia filed for an extension and got it. What's the problem little buddy? Are all the office pencils sharpened and there is nothing else for you to do?
I wish there was a way to get rid of the Supreme Court and ALL elected politicians. Then we could have a group of everyday Americans represent the American people and when a law needs to be made, let the American people decide, by vote, if they want it or not. Something along the lines of "We, the people".
I suspect that even Supreme Court justices don't want their heirs to pay vast amounts in inheritance taxes.
They have likely moved much of their assets into trusts or transferred much of them to others.
I would expect that the value of their homes alone would make up a sizable part of $1 million, and their government pensions which appear to be ignored in this article, have to be worth a huge amount as well.
I wouldn't put much faith in the numbers this article is throwing around. I suspect the numbers are accurate in that they match the assets that they are legally required to disclose. However, I doubt those numbers truly reflect the net worth of any of the justices.
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