It seems to me that if the justices would put their money in a blind trust, we wouldn’t have the necessity of such recusals. What are the odds they’re carefully picking and choosing their own stocks anyway?
Still, at least they followed the proper procedure (actually, federal law, which mandates recusal if they own stock) and recused themselves. The Court’s reputation is still recovering from the damage caused by Scalia’s refusal to recuse himself in the Cheney case.
The Court's inability to rule means the case will go forward, to the dismay of the Bush administration, which had asked the Court to block the case because it
“is causing present injury to important interests of the United States and the Republic of South Africa.”That sounds to me like they're putting politics above the law, but certainly I'd never expect this administration to do that. (/tongue-in-cheek)