Would you buy a used Constitution from this man?
by Ziks511 - 7/5/12 7:20 PM
"Justice Antonin Scalia ended his 26th year on the Supreme Court with a string of losses in the term's biggest cases and criticism that he crossed a line from judging to politics.
"Scalia's willingness to do battle with those on the other side of an issue long has made him a magnet for critics. But some of his recent remarks stood out in the eyes of court observers.
"His dissent in the Arizona immigration case contained a harsh assessment of the Obama administration's immigration policy and prompted a public rebuke from a fellow Republican-appointed judge.
"Scalia's aggressive demeanor during argument sessions even earned him some gentle teasing from his closest personal friend on the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Speaking at a Washington convention, Ginsburg said the term's high-profile cases may explain why Scalia "called counsel's argument `extraordinary' no fewer than 10 times." "
" ... Conservative Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, contributed this passage to Slate magazine's annual end-of-term discussion:
" "These are fighting words. The nation is in the midst of a hard-fought presidential election campaign; the outcome is in doubt. Illegal immigration is a campaign issue. It wouldn't surprise me if Justice Scalia's opinion were quoted in campaign ads. The program that appalls Justice Scalia was announced almost two months after the oral argument in the Arizona case. It seems rather a belated development to figure in an opinion in the case," wrote Posner, who had taken Scalia to task in the past."
Emphasis added, RTB.
I've always thought that he was a poor justice, that his rulings were based on partisanship, and most especially that his political activities were wrong, unseemly and undignified for a Justice of the Supreme Court. To be clear, I found William O. Douglas equally undignified and insufficiently neutral in his public utterances.
Go look up William O. Douglas if you have to.