May 19, 2006 |
Justice Antonin Scalia said Thursday he was strongly opposed to using foreign law to decide constitutional cases in the Supreme Court but also was opposed to having Congress outlaw the practice. "I don't think it's any of your business.... Let us make our mistakes, just as we let you make yours," he told a luncheon audience that included several members of Congress at a public policy forum on Capitol Hill. Scalia is a conservative and a believer in the independence of the courts.
March 27, 2006 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reportedly told an overseas audience this month that the U.S. Constitution did not protect foreigners held at America's military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Scalia also told the audience at the University of Freiberg in Switzerland that he was "astounded" at the "hypocritical" reaction in Europe to the prison, said this week's issue of Newsweek. The comments came weeks before justices were to take up an appeal from a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
October 9, 2005 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday that he had not expected President Bush to nominate him to succeed the late William H. Rehnquist as chief justice. "I'm not even sure I wanted it, to tell you the truth," Scalia told reporters at a media briefing before a gala dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Bush, who had in the past mentioned Scalia as one role model for an ideal chief justice, passed on Scalia and nominated John G. Roberts Jr. after Rehnquist's death.
September 21, 2004 |
Justice Antonin Scalia bemoaned the Supreme Court's willingness to decide political questions such as the death penalty and abortion and predicted a tough confirmation fight for the next nominee as a result. Scalia, who made no mention of possible retirements on the court, told an audience at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center that appointments were becoming increasingly bitter because justices were improperly deciding morally charged questions that were best left to legislatures.
September 15, 2004 |
The Justice Department has conceded that the U.S. Marshals Service violated the federal Privacy Protection Act when a marshal ordered reporters with Associated Press and the Hattiesburg American to erase their recordings of a speech on the Constitution by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The department also said the reporters and their employers are each entitled to $1,000 in damages and reasonable attorneys' fees. The reporters had not been told that Scalia did not want to be recorded.
May 11, 2004 |
Associated Press and the Hattiesburg American newspaper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service over an April 7 incident in which a federal marshal erased reporters' recordings of a speech given by Justice Antonin Scalia. A spokesman for the Marshals Service said the agency had not seen the lawsuit. Scalia has apologized for confiscating the recordings.
April 30, 2004 |
Judges have become too much like politicians, with the unfortunate result that picking new ones has become needlessly partisan and time-consuming, Justice Antonin Scalia said Thursday. As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to "do what the people want," instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically, Scalia said.
April 25, 2004 |
It's turkey season in Mississippi, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was tramping through the countryside here this month in pursuit of the big birds. His hunting partners, as usual, included Charles W. Pickering Sr., the federal judge who President Bush recently elevated to the U.S. court of appeals; and his son, Rep. Charles W. "Chip" Pickering, a four-term Republican member of Congress. For turkey hunters, this country is unrivaled.
April 13, 2004 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, responding to complaints over a federal marshal's erasing of journalists' tape recordings last week, said he regretted the incident and sent a letter of apology to the two reporters. "The action was not taken at my direction. I was as upset as you were," Scalia said in a letter sent Friday to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
April 10, 2004 |
The U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi on Friday defended the erasure of two journalists' recordings of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia but suggested that Scalia's request that his remarks not be recorded should have been publicly announced.