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  • Walter Williams: Scalia School of Law

    05/16/2016 9:37:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 18, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    George Mason University School of Law has just been renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Accompanying the name change was a receipt of a $30 million gift: $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and $20 million from an anonymous donor. The combination of the names of Scalia and Koch has led to a number of George Mason University faculty getting their panties in a bunch — and understandably so. Let's look at it. Justice Antonin Scalia had a reputation on the court and in his written opinions as...
  • “Shut Up and Color” (Weekly Update)

    03/19/2016 1:53:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 18, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Submits Proposed Witness List, Discovery Plan to Federal Court in Clinton Email Matter National Security Agency Rebuffed Clinton Request for Blackberry Obama Plays Politics on Supreme Court Nomination National Security Agency Rebuffed Clinton Request for Blackberry Apparently, there is at least one government agency that understands Hillary Clinton is not above the law and must follow the rules like the rest of us. Your JW has just obtained State Department documents revealing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly sought to obtain “Blackberry-like communications,” but was rebuffed by the National Security Agency due to security and...
  • Obama Supreme Court nominee reportedly to be announced Wednesday

    03/15/2016 6:20:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 15, 2016 | Victor Morton
    The White House will announce its choice for the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Reuters news agency reported. Citing “multiple sources,” Reuters said the choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia will be either Sri Srinivasan or Merrick Garland.
  • Republicans rebuff Obama in meeting on SCOTUS nomination

    03/01/2016 12:00:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    There were no signs of a breakthrough as President Obama met Tuesday with Senate Republican leaders pledging to block anyone he nominates to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) both sat down with the president in the Oval Office. “They were adamant. They said ‘no, we’re not going to do this at all,’ ” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after the meeting. “All we want them to do is to fulfill their constitutional duty, and at this stage, they are deciding not to do that,” he added. “They’re going to...
  • Obama phones McConnell, Grassley about Supreme Court nominee

    02/19/2016 11:17:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    PastPresident Obama has begun to consult with key senators from both parties on nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the White House said Friday. In the past 24 hours, Obama phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), press secretary Josh Earnest said. Both senators have said replacing Scalia should be left to the next president. Earnest described the calls as "entirely professional" and said Obama made clear "he is going to nominate someone." "He is committed to talking to Congress," the spokesman added. "He reiterated his firm...
  • Antonin Scalia’s candor, humor recalled ahead of justice’s funeral (Great read)

    02/18/2016 5:50:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    As the nation pays its respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday, friends and admirers say they will remember his combination of gregarious charm and matchless intellect that conservatives revered and many liberals couldn't help but respect. Whether he was writing for the majority or authoring a biting dissent, Justice Scalia's fidelity to his conservative "originalist" view of the law and his analytical mind have placed him alongside legal giants such as Louis Brandeis and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Along the way, the intellectual force of his reasoning commanded appreciation. "I am sure he's going to...
  • White House defends Obama's decision to skip Scalia funeral

    02/18/2016 11:33:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 18, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House is defending President Obama's decision not to attend the funeral of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and pushed back on critics who called it a deliberate snub. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday it makes sense to send Vice President Biden to the funeral instead because his "security footprint is a little bit lighter" and he has a longtime relationship with Scalia's family. Earnest called it disrespectful for Obama's critics to use the funeral "as some kind of political cudgel." Republicans have slammed Obama for not attending the funeral of the longtime conservative...
  • White House says Obama ‘regrets’ filibuster against Alito nomination in 2006

    02/17/2016 11:08:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006, but insisted the situation was different than Republicans' current vow to block any nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "These are two different things," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's objections to then-President Bush's nominee were based in substance." In 2006, then-Sen. Obama and 23 other Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- tried to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination. He was confirmed for the high court anyway.
  • Scalia's son rejects conspiracy theories about father's death

    02/17/2016 10:08:56 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/17/2016 | Jennifer Shutt
    The son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is rejecting conspiracy theories that his father died of anything other than natural causes. "Our family just has no doubt that he was taken from us by natural causes," Eugene Scalia said on the Laura Ingraham show on Wednesday. "We accept that. We’re praying for him. We ask others to accept that and pray for him." The younger Scalia's comments come after the justice's unexpected death on Saturday - and local authorities' decision not to conduct an autopsy - spurred conspiracy theories that something other than a heart attack may...
  • Democrats Display Supreme Hypocrisy About Replacing Justice Scalia

    02/16/2016 3:08:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | February 16, 2016
    Supreme Court: Senate Democrats demanding that Republicans let President Obama pick a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia appear to be counting on the public's short attention span. But there's no statute of limitations on rank hypocrisy. "The Senate's constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president's Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable." That was Sen. Harry Reid in a Washington Post op-ed this week condemning any effort by the GOP to block President Obama from naming a successor to conservative stalwart Scalia. He went on to write that "the consequences of blocking...
  • Did Justice Scalia Already Give Us the Solution to the Problem of Filling His Seat?

    02/16/2016 5:34:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/16 | Selwyn Duke
    Only power negates power. It's time to stop acting like impotent fools and start showing the Court how impotent it really is The death of the intrepid Justice Antonin Scalia has shaken the political world. If his successor’s appointment cannot be delayed until the next presidency, it’s assured that an unassailable hard-left majority will control the Supreme Court. This will mean, conservatives warn, the end of significant Second Amendment rights, curtailment of many religious freedoms and a consistent rubber-stamp for the “progressive” agenda. Unfortunately, the likelihood of replacing Scalia—the court’s pre-eminent legal mind—with even a pale imitation is slim. For...
  • The Honorable Antonin Scalia; Most of all, the justice was a servant of the Constitution

    02/15/2016 8:07:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 15, 2016 | Horace Cooper
    Justice Antonin Scalia's passing extinguished a great light in American jurisprudence. As the tributes and fond remembrances all attest, America grieves this loss. Appointed by President Reagan in 1986, Justice Scalia served the nation from the Supreme Court's bench for three decades with a candor, wit and sagacity that few men in history can claim. No doubt that the good justice will be remembered for his pointed pen and rhetorical flair that made all his opinions -- whether you agreed with him or not -- well worth reading. Sometimes irascible, very often funny, but always genuine, Justice Scalia's opinions, dissents...
  • Democrats Set the Rules on Blocking Judicial Nominations

    02/15/2016 5:17:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 15, 2016 | Debra Heine
    With the untimely death of Antonin Scalia Saturday, President Barack Obama has been handed the opportunity of a lifetime to tilt the Supreme Court to the left for decades to come. It's also given Democrats an issue to demagogue from now until election day and beyond. About an hour after Scalia's death was confirmed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "threw down the gauntlet," announcing that the Senate would not be confirming a replacement for him until after the 2016 election, a move Politico called, "an historic rebuke of President Obama's authority and an extraordinary challenge to the practice of...
  • The Bed Time Stories spun by the Obamas true life nightmares

    02/15/2016 7:34:18 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/15/16 | Judi McLeod
    Before Justice Scalia can even be given a Christian burial, they’re already looking for a way to replace him before the 2016 election In these darkest of days, the Obama regime is writing for society their very own ‘Bed Time stories’. None of their stories come with the proverbial ‘happy ending’. They disillusion, depress and seek for unsuspecting citizens to throw all caution to the wind. The latest chapter of Obama’s Bed Time Stories began to unravel the day before Valentine’s Day with the untimely death of the upstanding Justice Antonin Scalia. The White House paid lip service to the...
  • When Scalia was found, 'He was in perfect repose ... as if he was taking a nap'

    02/14/2016 1:44:39 PM PST · by EveningStar · 98 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 14, 2016 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    When Texas millionaire John Poindexter invited Justice Antonin Scalia to his remote ranch near the Mexican border, it was for a private party with about 35 other guests, a weekend of hunting and sightseeing on his painstakingly restored and cultivated 30,000-acre spread. But when Scalia, 79, failed to appear for a morning excursion at 8 a.m. Saturday, Poindexter became concerned and went to his room, which has its own outdoor fire pit and a wall of windows overlooking the 22-room adobe ranch hotel, a lake and surrounding peaks of the Chinati Mountains. "I had not seen him, and everyone else...
  • Could Someone Please Send President Obama a Necktie?

    02/14/2016 10:28:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 13, 2016 | Claudia Rosett
    In such matters as the death of a great man, respect matters -- especially from our political leaders. Dignity and sober ceremony are called for. These are not trivial requirements, nor are they mere accessories to the event. They are part of the bedrock of enlightened civilization. Surely when America's president appeared before the TV cameras Saturday evening to deliver his scripted remarks about the death of a Supreme Court Justice, the great Antonin Scalia, Obama should have taken the trouble to dress at least as well as your average law student applying for a summer job. Instead, flanked...
  • ANALYSIS: Justice Scalia: ‘His contributions to the law are incalculable’

    02/13/2016 4:33:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2016 | David R. Sands
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Tom Goldstein, editor of the popular Scotusblog website that tracks the Supreme Court, called Justice Antonin Scalia a "historic figure, surely one of the most influential minds -- on and off the court -- of the last century." "His contributions to the law are incalculable," Mr. Goldstein wrote. "They substantially reframed discussions of constitutional, statutory and administrative law." With the high court balanced between a conservative bloc long led by Scalia and a group of four liberal judges, Mr. Goldstein said the question of a successor will prove a complicated one in the midst of a presidential election...
  • Levin: Donald Trump “Screwed Up.”

    12/15/2015 6:37:39 AM PST · by Isara · 185 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | December 15th, 2015 | Chris Pandolfo
    On Monday night’s radio program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin called out Donald Trump for mimicking the statists and the Republican establishment by attacking rival Ted Cruz and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend.Listen: Listen to the audio at the link.Levin cited three “reckless comments” made by Donald Trump.First, Mr. Trump joined in with a leftist on CNN to dump on Justice Scalia, who’s comments during oral argument have been unfairly accused of being racist. Conservatives know better. Second, Levin said that Mr. Trump’s insinuation that Ted Cruz is bought and paid for by Texas oil companies...
  • Scalia: Gay marriage decision shows court is America's 'ruler'

    06/26/2015 2:58:55 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    MSN (The Hill) ^ | 26 JUN 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Justice Antonin Scalia is chastising the Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage on Friday as an affront to the principle of democratic rule. Scalia argues in his opinion that the court is increasingly creating policy rather than serving as a neutral arbiter. “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he writes.“This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they...
  • Supreme Court finds Congress irrelevant, awards law making powers to president and…Supreme Court

    06/26/2015 10:24:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/26/15 | Doug Book
    Coach is Right recently alerted its readers to the importance of the upcoming Supreme Court decision in King v Burwell, a case which would determine whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority—on the orders of Barack Obama–to re-interpret the Affordable Care Act in a manner favorable to Obama and contrary to the clear language and intent of the Act as written by Congress. Though Obama and members of his Regime have already re-written the Act (contrary to the Constitution) on 31 separate occasions, it was hoped—certainly it was never more than a hope—that the Court would uphold the will...
  • Antonin Scalia, Bleeding-Heart Liberal (Hurl Alert)

    06/05/2013 8:12:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Antonin Scalia may be the Supreme Court justice whom progressives most love to hate. Daily Kos blogger Sylvia Moore says he is "clearly an authoritarian." A California Lawyer reader complains online that Scalia "actively promotes an authoritarian agenda in which the rights of the individual have little meaning." Even legal writer Joan Biskupic, in her relatively respectful and sympathetic biography of Scalia, refers to his "authoritarian bent" and "authoritarian instinct." The latest refutation of this caricature is Maryland v. King, a decision issued Monday in which the Supreme Court upheld DNA testing of arrestees. Scalia's dissent illustrates how his respect...
  • (Justice) Scalia Wears Martyr’s Cap to Inauguration

    01/22/2013 2:02:25 PM PST · by NYer · 97 replies
    First Things ^ | January 21, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond School of Law writes:The twitterverse is alive with tweets about Justice Scalia’s headgear for today’s inauguration. At the risk of putting all the fun speculation to an end . . . The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.Wearing the cap of a statesman who defended liberty...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    10/14/2012 12:56:54 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 9 replies
    CNN | Oct 14, 2012 | Self
    Piers Morgan Interviews Justice Scalia
  • Scalia Comments Raise Anxiety on Second Amendment: Importance of Pro Gun Lobbies and Attorneys

    07/30/2012 12:31:56 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 16 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-30-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    This is why pro-gun lobbies are so important, and why all lawyers are not bad. Believe me, those lobbies and their attorneys have been pouring money into SCOTUS scrutiny because they know it is coming, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has confirmed it. (to clarify my title - Scalia did not say pro gun lobbies and their attorneys are important. I said it.) Scalia, one of the high court’s most conservative justices, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the majority opinion in the landmark 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller stated the extent of gun ownership...
  • Scalia: Full Transcript Video with Chris Wallace: Rocket Launchers, Privacy, Arizona Illegals

    07/30/2012 12:23:26 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 1 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-30-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Supreme Court Justice Scalia has a new book out, and so...he is doing interviews. In the video below, he talks with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. The video is the full 26 minute video. My loose transcript (meaning I left out redundancy and the uhs and ahs, etc) is also below. While Scalia's comments about possible new gun laws, in the future, coming out of the Court is grabbing most of the attention, he had pertinent comments on Arizona's immigration law and the prohibition of the Obama administration enforcement of it. He schools Wallace on an appeals court decision...
  • E.J. Dionne: Justice Scalia must resign

    06/27/2012 11:48:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Washington (Com)Post ^ | 06/27/2012 | E.J. Dionne
    Justice Antonin Scalia needs to resign from the Supreme Court. He’d have a lot of things to do. He’s a fine public speaker and teacher. He’d be a heck of a columnist and blogger. But he really seems to aspire to being a politician — and that’s the problem. So often, Scalia has chosen to ignore the obligation of a Supreme Court justice to be, and appear to be, impartial. He’s turned “judicial restraint” into an oxymoronic phrase. But what he did this week, when the court announced its decision on the Arizona immigration law, should be the end of...
  • Maureen Dowd Blows Her Cool

    04/14/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies ^ | April 14, 2012 | Brian Birdnow
    Maureen Dowd is a woman of many talents. She is, of course, a New York Times featured columnist, a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, and the liberals acknowledged Queen of Snark. Ms. Dowd has also completely blown a gasket, if her column of last week (April 5th) is any indication of her psychological-emotional state. In her column of last week entitled, Men In Black, Maureen employs language and phraseology that her fellow liberals would quickly label “hate speech” if it were uttered by their foes. Ms. Dowd assails the Supreme Court in the most personal and vitriolic terms for their...
  • Dems fume over Justice Scalia’s comments during healthcare case

    03/30/2012 11:27:32 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/12 05:15 AM ET | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats are fuming over Justice Antonin Scalia’s conduct during this week’s Supreme Court deliberations on President Obama’s healthcare law. While several of the high court’s liberal justices seemed to cheerlead for its defense, Scalia appeared hostile to the law, an attitude that rubbed some Democrats the wrong way. Scalia mocked the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback” without seeming to know that provision was stripped out of the law two years ago. Scalia also joked that the task of having to review the complex bill violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. “You really want us to go through these...
  • Justice Scalia to Obama’s Solicitor General: ‘We’re not stupid’ [AUDIO]

    03/27/2012 1:56:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies
    Justice Scalia to Obama’s Solicitor General: ‘We’re not stupid’ [AUDIO] By Nicholas Ballasy - The Daily Caller 3:39 PM 03/27/2012 ADVERTISEMENT While Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. made the Obama administration’s case for the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health-care law Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interrupted, telling Verrilli, “we’re not stupid.” Justice Elena Kagan, a former solicitor general appointed by President Obama to the high court, sided with Verilli in arguing that young people should be required by the federal government to purchase health insurance because eventually, others will subsidize their health care in the future....
  • 'Right To Bear Arms' Means Just That

    03/03/2010 4:48:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 1,891+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Otis McDonald, 76, stands before the Supreme Court, which Tuesday heard arguments in his suit to overturn Chicago's handgun ban Gun Rights: Otis McDonald, 76, an Army vet who lives in a high-crime area of Chicago, thinks the Constitution gives him the right to bear arms to protect himself and his wife as he protected his country. We think so too. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on behalf of four Chicago residents led by homeowner McDonald, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association to overturn Chicago's three-decade-old ban on owning handguns. In a 5-4...
  • High Court Targets Chicago's Gun Ban

    10/02/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 2,517+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
    Gun Control: The Supreme Court agrees to decide if the Second Amendment applies to all of us, or just Washington, D.C. Why would the Founders put in the Bill of Rights something applying only to a federal enclave? In a 5-4 decision last year written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court overturned a draconian District of Columbia gun ban enacted 32 years ago that barred private ownership of handguns at all. Scalia wrote that an individual's right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted. The court ruled that...
  • Sotomayor Guns For 2nd Amendment (CORRECTED)

    06/05/2009 5:14:41 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,745+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 4, 2009 | Editorial
    (Corrected) Gun Control: In a case headed for the Supreme Court, a three-judge panel rules Chicago's gun ban constitutional since the 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to states and cities. High court nominee Sonia Sotomayor concurs.Those Pennsylvania townsfolk bitterly clinging to their guns may have been premature in celebrating the decision in D.C. v. Heller that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does indeed guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • Chief justice publicly accepts WND's eligibility petition (Obama)

    03/14/2009 11:22:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 77 replies · 5,115+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 14, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A California attorney lobbying the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of Barack Obama's qualifications to be president confronted the chief justice yesterday with legal briefs and a WND petition bearing names of over 325,000 people asking the court to rule on whether or not the sitting president fulfills the Constitution's "natural-born citizen" clause. According to Orly Taitz, the attorney who confronted Chief Justice John Roberts at a lecture at the University of Idaho, the judge promised before the gathered crowd that he would, indeed, read and review the briefs and petition. "I addressed him in front of 800 people...
  • Beyond Guns: The Deeper Meaning of Heller

    06/28/2008 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 58 replies · 1,000+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 28 June 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Everyone who has a TV, a computer, a newspaper, or a radio, knows that the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Heller case on Thursday, ruling that the Second Amendment provides a personal right to "keep and bear arms." Therefore it struck down the District of Columbia law that has banned citizens from owning new handguns after 1976. But the case is much more important than that. Cases concern more than just the parties involved. The Heller decision will affect the rights of millions of Americans to protect themselves, their families, and their homes. But the “why” of...
  • Lesley Stahl vs. Antonin Scalia In the Court of Public Opinion

    04/28/2008 11:06:57 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 28 replies · 440+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 28 April 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Sunday night on “60 Minutes,” Lesley Stahl interviewed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Half of the interview was excellent, reviewing his history from his childhood in New York City. The other half of the interview, on his judicial philosophy, was dreadful. Several times, Stahl attacked Scalia for his judicial theory of “originalism,” while leaving parts of his comments on the cutting room floor. She displayed a lack of knowledge about the Constitution. She referred to Scalia’s theory as fixing the meaning of the Constitution as the intentions of “people who ratified it over 200 years ago.” That echoed the comments...
  • US Judge Scalia on 'So-Called Torture'

    02/12/2008 2:57:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 176+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/12/8 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- One of the United States' top judges said in an interview broadcast in Britain on Tuesday that interrogators can inflict pain to obtain critical information about an imminent terrorist threat. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that aggressive interrogation could be appropriate to learn where a bomb was hidden shortly before it was set to explode or to discover the plans or whereabouts of a terrorist group. "It seems to me you have to say, as unlikely as that is, it would be absurd to say you couldn't, I don't know, stick something under the...
  • Junk Justice Produces Junk Law

    04/14/2007 3:30:14 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 569+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 14 April 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On 2 April, 2007, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. The Court ruled 5-4, over two Dissents, that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant in order to reduce global warming. There are only two problems with this decision. It is based on junk science. And it is based on junk law. First, the science: the Opinion by Justice Stevens spends its opening section on a review of mostly international reports which conclude that the Earth is warming up in recent decades, and that this is due (primarily) to human activity....
  • Scalia says Constitution silent on abortion, race in school

    10/15/2006 6:55:12 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 81 replies · 2,469+ views ^ | 16 October 2006
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Antonin Scalia on Sunday defended some of his Supreme Court opinions, arguing that nothing in the Constitution supports abortion rights and the use of race in school admissions. Scalia, a leading conservative voice on the high court, sparred in a one-hour televised debate with American Civil Liberties Union president Nadine Strossen. He said unelected judges have no place deciding politically charged questions when the Constitution is silent on those issues. Arguing that liberal judges in the past improperly established new political rights such as abortion, Scalia warned, "Someday, you're going to get a very conservative Supreme...
  • Courting Terror (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld)

    06/30/2006 7:47:53 AM PDT · by Isara · 1 replies · 354+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Posted 6/29/2006 | Editor
    Supreme Court: Ruling for bin Laden's former chauffeur, liberal justices have once again hampered our ability to wage war on terror......Justice Stevens' ruling ignored the clear language of the Detainee Treatment Act (DTA), passed and signed into law last year, and went on a fishing expedition to find ways around it.Congress believed that in passing the DTA it was removing the federal courts' jurisdiction over Gitmo detainees. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Specter, who opposed the DTA, complained on the floor of the Senate that under the legislation, "no court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to consider the application for...
  • Scalia seeks Justice over gesture

    03/29/2006 4:46:20 AM PST · by billorites · 26 replies · 1,414+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 29, 2006 | Marie Szaniszlo
    Famously feisty Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia yesterday denied that he made an obscene gesture Sunday inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, accusing the Herald staff of “watching too many Sopranos episodes.” In a letter to the editor, an almost unheard-of step for a Supreme Court justice, Scalia said a reporter misinterpreted the gesture he made when she asked whether his participation in Sunday’s special Mass for lawyers might cause some people to question his impartiality in matters of church and state. “Your reporter, an up-and-coming ‘gotcha’ star named Laurel J. Sweet, asked me (o-so-sweetly) what I said to...
  • Free to Dissent (Why Justice Scalia need not recuse himself from the Hamdan case)

    03/27/2006 8:58:29 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 548+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2006 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    WHEN IT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN Hamdan v. Rumsfeld this Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Bush administration can try Guantanamo detainees in special military tribunals, or whether the detainees' cases have to be heard in federal court. In the run-up to the hearing, liberal proponents of federal judicial involvement declared their own war--on Justice Scalia's right to participate in the legal debate.It began with a Newsweek report about a speech Scalia delivered on March 8 at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland. (Unfortunately, no transcript of his remarks has been published.) There, Justice Scalia allegedly told attendees that...
  • FRANKENWHO? - At NY Event, Al's Sobering Reality Check

    11/23/2005 12:02:57 PM PST · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 779+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 23rd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    So much for Al Franken's "A-List" celeb aspirations. In confronting US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a New York event Monday, Franken was exposed as insignificant. With this sobering reality check, perhaps Al will learn to stick to the Smalley routines. Don't take the Radio Equalizer's word for it, New York City newspapers are having a pre-Thanksgiving journalistic feast, thanks to our friend Al. According to the New York Daily News, Justice Scalia wasn't even familiar with Franken as the two sparred during outgoing Time honcho Norman Pearlstine's latest "Conversations On The Circle" event: ....
  • Scalia Turns Journalists Away From Speech

    10/12/2005 6:46:14 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 785+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 12, 2005 | GINA HOLLAND
    The real Antonin Scalia seems to be back. The Supreme Court justice mugged for cameras and gave unusual interviews in New York, where he led the Columbus Day parade. Back in Washington, however, journalists were turned away from his speech to life insurance executives and Scalia talked about gossip- seeking reporters during a court argument about free speech rights. A court spokeswoman said the speech should have been open to some reporters. Scalia, the court's most outspoken and colorful member, is well known for his animosity toward cameras and run-ins with reporters. "He doesn't seem to be very fond of...
  • Harriet Miers and the "Pigpen" Press

    10/06/2005 8:33:48 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 155 replies · 2,486+ views
    My favorite supporting character in the legendary strip, “Peanuts,” is Pigpen. His unique trait is raising a cloud of dirt everywhere, even on a clean, dry sidewalk. Pigpen came to mind when I saw the White House Press Corps’ question President Bush Wednesday on his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. First, the status of the nomination. Monday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid held a nearly unprecedented press conference with Harriet Miers, just hours after her nomination. Reid said that she was an “exceptional” candidate, and “the sort of person who should be nominated.” In short, the...
  • LARRY TRIBE GOES NUTS # 2 -- attacks Justice Scalia and

    LARRY TRIBE GOES NUTS # 2 -- attacks Justice Scalia and
  • Replace Justice O'Connor, But Which One?

    07/04/2005 10:46:32 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 33 replies · 1,346+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 July 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two Sandra Day O'Connors have served as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. It makes a world of difference which one President Bush chooses to replace. First, we look at the late O'Connor, the one who is retiring. The L.A. Times asserted this week that O'Connor “alone was in the majority of every one of the court’s 13 5-4 decisions this last term.” There are two tiny problems with this assertion. There were 24 such decisions this Term. And, Justices Souter and Scalia were in the majority in them more often than Justice O’Connor. See SCOTUSBlog for the facts....
  • Your home can be Pfizer's castle

    06/30/2005 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 11 replies · 725+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/30/05 | Debra Saunders
    Americans who want to keep government out of the bedroom, beware. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that makes it too easy for the government to seize your bedroom -- and kitchen, parlor and dining room -- then hand your precious home over to a corporation. The Fifth Amendment stipulates, "... nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Lawyers call it the Takings Clause. In its decision, the Supreme Court expanded the concept of "public use" to apply it not to a highway, or school, or railroad, but to economic development sanctioned...
  • Ten Commandments or Ten Opinions

    06/28/2005 7:28:17 AM PDT · by Law · 15 replies · 534+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, June 28, 2005 | Tom Parker
    Ten Commandments or Ten Opinions? Pick the former unless you want to wade through nearly 150 pages of dense US Supreme Court legal jargon explaining why a Kentucky courthouse may or may not keep a display of the Ten Commandments ("may not" carried the day, by a 5/4 vote of the justices) and why a Texas statehouse may or may not keep its display of the Ten Commandments ("may" carried the day here, by a different 5/4 vote). That's right. It took the U.S. Supreme Court ten opinions and nearly 150 pages in total to micromanage two state displays of...
  • Associate Justice Scalia's Remarks on Constitutional Interpretation

    04/04/2005 10:58:06 PM PDT · by kingattax · 283+ views
    SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE WOODROW WILSON CENTER FOR SCHOLARS ON CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION March 14, 2005 Thank you very much, Mr. Hamilton. It's a pizzazzie topic, constitutional interpretation. It is, however, an important one. I was vividly reminded how important it was last week when the court came out with a controversial decision in the Roper case, and I watched one television commentary on the case in which the host had one person defending the opinion on the ground that people should not be subjected to capital punishment for crimes they commit when they're younger...
  • Text of Justice Scalia's Dissenting Opinion [to paraphrase, "epitaph for Christian civilization"]

    06/26/2003 6:15:35 PM PDT · by Polycarp · 424 replies · 831+ views
    SCOTUS ^ | Justice Scalia
    ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF APPEALS OF TEXAS, FOURTEENTH DISTRICT [June 26, 2003] JUSTICE SCALIA, with whom THE CHIEF JUSTICE and JUSTICE THOMAS join, dissenting. "Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of doubt." Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833, 844 (1992). That was the Court’s sententious response, barely more than a decade ago, to those seeking to overrule Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973). The Court’s response today, to those who have engaged in a 17-year crusade to overrule Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U. S. 186 (1986), is very...