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  • Scalia: No plans to attend Obama's State of the Union address

    01/24/2011 5:51:17 PM PST · by Justaham · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-24-11 | Molly K. Hooper
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told The Hill on Monday evening that he does not plan on attending the State of the Union address on Tuesday. The conservative-leaning jurist said that he hasn’t “gone to the State of the Union in at least 10 years, and I’m not starting tomorrow night either.” All eyes are focused on whether members of the Supreme Court intend to sit front and center at the State of the Union spectacle on Tuesday night after the president used last year’s speech to criticize one of their decisions. The criticism prompted Justice Samuel Alito to mouth...
  • Does Scalia belong at Bachmann sessions?

    01/24/2011 5:31:18 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies ^ | 1/24/11 | Kevin Diaz
    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., raised a few eyebrows last fall when she announced plans to hold "Conservative Constitutional Seminars" for arriving members of the new GOP-controlled House. But the decision of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to speak at the first class on Monday has raised legal hackles about his participation in what turns out to be a closed-door event in conjunction with Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus. One of the most outspoken critics is University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush. Painter notes that Bachmann is among...
  • Liberal Group: Investigate Scalia and Thomas Over Citizens United Conflicts of Interest

    01/22/2011 9:43:24 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 28 replies · 11+ views
    CBS News ^ | January 20, 2011 | Lucy Madison
    Liberal nonprofit Common Cause is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia in relation to the Citzens United Supreme Court case, arguing that their decision in the case raised "serious questions about the impartiality of" both justices. "It appears both justices have participated in political strategy sessions, perhaps while the case was pending, with corporate leaders whose political aims were advanced by the decision," writes Common Cause President and CEO Bob Edgar in a petition to the Justice Department filed this week. The organization contends that the justices should have recused themselves from the...
  • Justice Scalia set to address Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill

    01/21/2011 4:31:25 PM PST · by pissant · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/21/11 | Bill Mears
    Washington (CNN) -- Justice Antonin Scalia, a popular and entertaining speaker at various forums around the world, has one of the busiest schedules off the bench. But a closed-door address the conservative justice is scheduled to give Monday afternoon has attracted controversy, partly because of who is sponsoring the event. The Tea Party Caucus, an informal congressional body, had invited the 74-year-old to talk informally with legislators, the first in what leaders are billing as regular "conservative constitutional seminars." The event was designed as a "teaching event" only for members of Congress, and no cameras or reporters would be allowed...
  • Scalia Accepts Invite of Tea Party Leader, Criticized for ‘Exceedingly Poor Judgment’

    01/12/2011 10:56:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 1/12/11 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    Justice Antonin Scalia has accepted a speaking invitation from a Tea Party leader, drawing fire from some law professors and a liberal group. Scalia will speak to incoming House members about the Constitution at the behest of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who founded the House’s Tea Party Caucus, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Jan. 24 topic will be separation of powers. The meeting was described as bipartisan and open to all members of Congress. But several law professors who spoke to the newspaper criticized Scalia, saying the meeting appeared to politicize the court. One of the critics was...
  • Justice Kagan Hands Down First Opinion-Only Scalia Dissents

    01/11/2011 11:44:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/11/2011 | Lee Ross
    The Supreme Court's newest justice, Elena Kagan, handed down her first opinion Tuesday, writing that a debtor cannot escape increased payments to his creditor under a complicated formula found in a 2005 bankruptcy law. Seven of the other eight justices agreed. The case examined language in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act specifying the terms by which people in debt are to repay their obligations. The law allows for people to exclude or deduct $471 per month from their disposable income for car payments. Jason Ransom filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after going more than $80,000 in debt....
  • Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Abortion NOT in the Constitution

    01/10/2011 4:58:55 AM PST · by MsLady · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Jan. 4, 2011 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    January 4, 2011 ( – In a recent interview with California Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that abortion is not included in the U.S. Constitution. Scalia, who is opposed to the notion of an “evolving” or “living” Constitution, told interviewer Calvin Massey that by giving some of the “necessarily broad” provisions of the Constitution an “evolving meaning,” these provisions fail to do their job, which is to put in place limitations on what society can or cannot do. Even if “the current society has come to different views [than the original framers],” he said, “you do not need...
  • Fems and Dems Say Scalia’s Remarks Make Passing ERA Essential (title shortened)

    01/07/2011 5:43:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/7/2011 | Penny Starr
    Several House and Senate Democrats joined feminists at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to push for the introduction and passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women’s rights. The conference was timed to coincide with the reading of the U.S. Constitution on the House floor, as ordered by the newly elected Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Recently, Supreme Court Justice (Antonin) Scalia stated his opinion that no provision in the Constitution, or the 14th amendment, would provide full and true equality to women and give them protection against sex discrimination,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said....
  • Scalia: Abortion not in the Constitution

    01/04/2011 2:50:43 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | January 4, 2011 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo: Stephen Masker) January 4, 2011 ( – In a recent interview with California Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that abortion is not included in the U.S. Constitution. Scalia, who is opposed to the notion of an “evolving” or “living” Constitution, told interviewer Calvin Massey that by giving some of the “necessarily broad” provisions of the Constitution an “evolving meaning,” these provisions fail to do their job, which is to put in place limitations on what society can or cannot do. Even if “the current society has come to different views [than the...
  • Scalia: Constitution does not protect women against discrimination

    01/04/2011 1:05:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2011 | Emi Kolawole
    Justice Antonin Scalia has weighed in on the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, leaving women's rights activists seething. In an interview with California Lawyer, Scalia said that the Constitution itself does not protect women and gay men and lesbians from discrimination. Such protections are up to the legislative branch, he said... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1868, when the 39th Congress was debating and ultimately proposing the 14th Amendment, I don't think anybody would have thought that equal protection applied to sex discrimination, or certainly not to sexual orientation. So does that mean that we've gone off in error by applying the...
  • The Originalist (Interview with Antonin Scalia)

    01/04/2011 10:29:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    California Lawyer ^ | 1/2011 | Calvin Massey
    Last October marked the 24th anniversary of Justice Antonin Scalia's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Well known for his sharp wit as well as his originalist approach to the Constitution, Justice Scalia consistently asks more questions during oral arguments and makes more comments than any other Supreme Court justice. And according to one study, he also gets the most laughs from those who come to watch these arguments. In September Justice Scalia spoke with UC Hastings law professor Calvin Massey. Q. How would you characterize the role of the Supreme Court in American society, now that you've been a...
  • Justice Scalia and the Tea Party (Barf alert!)

    12/19/2010 9:24:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2010 | Meathead Editorial
    When the Tea Party holds its first Conservative Constitutional Seminar next month, Justice Antonin Scalia is set to be the speaker. It was a bad idea for him to accept this invitation. He should send his regrets. The Tea Party epitomizes the kind of organization no justice should speak to — left, right or center — in the kind of seminar that has been described in the press. It has a well-known and extreme point of view about the Constitution and about cases and issues that will be decided by the Supreme Court. By meeting behind closed doors, as is...
  • Antonin Scalia to address Michele Bachmann’s group

    12/14/2010 3:01:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | December 14, 2010 | Jennifer Epstein
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will offer a primer on the separation of powers as laid out in the U.S. Constitution at the first meeting of a new group for conservative members of Congress. The Supreme Court and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) confirmed on Tuesday that the conservative justice was scheduled to speak at the inaugural meeting of the Constitutional Conservative Caucus, a group separate from the Tea Party Caucus Bachmann launched earlier this year. The new group, Bachmann says, will offer new members weekly classes on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence before they have been “co-opted into the...
  • Justice Scalia slams high court for inventing ‘living constitution,’ right to abortion

    11/23/2010 3:58:06 PM PST · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/23/10 | Peter Smith
    RICHMOND, Virginia, November 23, 2010 ( - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia slammed the modern U.S. judiciary and the high court for using the idea of a “living constitution” to invent new rules and meanings that have led to a “right” to abortion and decriminalized homosexual conduct. Scalia made his remarks last Friday during a University of Richmond luncheon lecture entitled “Do Words Matter?” The event was covered both by the Associated Press.“The Constitution says what it says and it doesn’t say anything more,” said Scalia to an audience of 250 people, most of them legal professionals and...
  • Scalia, Breyer Spar Over Supreme Court Issues

    11/13/2010 8:24:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1+ views
    fox ^ | 11/13/10 | ap
    LUBBOCK, Texas -- One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the most liberal ones sparred Friday over capital punishment, the direct election of senators and various other constitutional questions during a rare public debate that highlighted their philosophical differences. Antonin Scalia, 74, the longest-serving current justice, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, and Stephen Breyer, 72, appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton, shared the stage in front of a crowd of thousands during a West Texas event organized by Texas Tech University Law School. They particularly clashed on the question of capital punishment. Scalia...
  • Justice Scalia urges Christians to have courage

    10/28/2010 8:16:52 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 11 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Oct. 25, 2010 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Although the sophisticated may deride them as simple-minded, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said traditional Christians should have the courage to embrace their faith. Scalia spoke to members of the St. Thomas More Society of Maryland who gathered Oct. 21 at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis following the 52nd annual Red Mass, held at nearby St. Mary Church. The liturgy, celebrated by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, marked the beginning of the judicial year. During a hotel banquet, the St. Thomas More Society honored Scalia with its “Man for All Seasons Award,” given to members of the legal profession who...
  • Scalia takes Kagan to gun range, sources say

    10/25/2010 6:17:13 AM PDT · by RKV · 90 replies · 7+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 25 October 2010 | Alexis Levinson
    According to two witnesses, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took fellow Justice Elena Kagan out for a lesson in skeet shooting at his shooting club in Virginia last week. The witnesses saw Scalia at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, where he is a member, around noon on Wednesday of last week. He was with a woman who was noticeably diminutive in height, like Kagan, who stands at about five feet three inches. The witnesses, who got a very close look at the pair, say that the woman was the newest Supreme Court Justice. Scalia was bending down in order...
  • Constitutional CPR [ The Constitution, Living or Dead? ]

    09/16/2010 9:38:35 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 9/16/10 | Editor
    Alive or dead? Today, the 213th anniversary of the United States Constitution, that question looms large. This is especially so as the document is wielded like a sword, cleaving libertarian from progressive philosophies. Understanding the nature of the Constitution — neither underestimating its genius nor overstating its authority as inerrant — is critical. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said, “The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living, but dead.” That view has been embraced by many in the tea party movement. These opponents of President Barack Obama’s agend, who thrust the federal government into many areas of...
  • Antonin Scalia on LAWRENCE et al. v. TEXAS (overturning sodomy law)

    08/06/2010 6:10:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Findlaw ^ | 6/26/2003 | Antonin Scalia
    (NB: synopsis)Responding to a reported weapons disturbance in a private residence, Houston police entered petitioner Lawrence's apartment and saw him and another adult man, petitioner Garner, engaging in a private, consensual sexual act. Petitioners were arrested and convicted of deviate sexual intercourse in violation of a Texas statute forbidding two persons of the same sex to engage in certain intimate sexual conduct. In affirming, the State Court of Appeals held, inter alia, that the statute was not unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Held: The Texas statute making it a crime for two persons of the...
  • Advice for a new grad (Justice Scalia's Graduation Speech to Langley High School -- GREAT PIECE!)

    06/20/2010 4:00:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/19/2010 | Antonin Scalia
    On Thursday, Justice Antonin Scalia gave the commencement address at Langley High School, in Virginia, where his granddaughter was graduating. An excerpt: