Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is standing behind the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's decision to hold its annual judicial conference in Hawaii. Which is a good thing, since the justice is speaking at the conference.
The gathering of the bench and bar, which has come under fire from Senators Charles Grassley and Jeff Sessions, is "a prudent and a proper exercise of the judicial function," Kennedy told the conference today, according to a press release on the Ninth Circuit's website.
Last month the court announced that it would cancel its 2013 conference to save money. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski has said that it was too late to pull out of this year's conference, which Grassley estimates will cost more than $1 million.