Judges shouldn't be socializing with people who are parties or attorneys in cases coming before them; to do otherwise violates the canons of judicial ethics. I don't think you would be to happy if, for example, you were suing someone and you spotted your opponent hobnobbing privately with the judge(s) assigned to the case. An honest, ethical judge should never even create the slightest suspicion that he is partial to one side in a case before him or which will likely come before him.
You may remember from a couple of years ago when the Supreme Court denied the motion to disqualify Justice Scalia from hearing a case against Vice President Cheney, even though Scalia and Cheney went hunting together. Scalia said that they didn't talk about the case during the hunting trip, and that was enough. So the same precedent seems to apply here.
To: Lurking Libertarian
So the same precedent seems to apply here.
If so, just remember that the SCOTUS has set many bad precedents down through the years which have resulted, generally speaking, of a severe watering-down of the Constitution and the rule of law.
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