March 8, 2004 |
As the Supreme Court was weighing a landmark gay rights case last year, Justice Antonin Scalia gave a keynote dinner speech in Philadelphia for an advocacy group waging a legal battle against gay rights. Scalia addressed the $150-a-plate dinner hosted by the Urban Family Council two months after hearing oral arguments in a challenge to a Texas law that made gay sex a crime. A month after the dinner, he sharply dissented from the high court's decision overturning the Texas law.
March 2, 2004 |
The Supreme Court said it referred to Justice Antonin Scalia a request that he remove himself from a case about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force because their recent duck-hunting trip raised questions about his impartiality. The Sierra Club environmental group filed a motion last week asking that Scalia disqualify himself from the case because the January trip had created "an appearance of impropriety."
February 27, 2004 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the guest of a Kansas law school two years ago and went pheasant hunting on a trip arranged by the school's dean, all within weeks of hearing two cases in which the dean was a lead attorney. The cases involved issues of public policy important to Kansas officials. Accompanying Scalia on the November 2001 hunting trip were the Kansas governor and the recently retired state Senate president, who flew with Scalia to the hunting camp aboard a state plane.
February 13, 2004
The judges had finished their discussion, and the subject turned to an upcoming meeting. "We could have Justice Scalia speak on ethics," one judge volunteered to an outburst of laughter. Another judge, chatting with friends at a social gathering, mused: "I know a defense lawyer who'd love to take me to a Lakers game. If it's OK for Justice Scalia, maybe it's OK for me too."
February 7, 2004 |
Two top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee called Friday for congressional hearings into "possible gaps in federal laws" that seem to allow U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to decide a case involving his duck-hunting partner, Vice President Dick Cheney. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the committee's ranking Democrat, and Rep. Howard L.
January 22, 2004
The federal rules on how U.S. judges should behave are straightforward and reasonable: "A judge should not allow family, social or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment" or "permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge."
June 29, 2003 |
The Supreme Court was surprisingly empty on the last day of the term. Only a few dozen lawyers had gathered for the final decisions. Those who had were about to hear the rarest of judicial opinions: an apology for a past mistake and the promise of a distinctly new direction. For the second time in a week, the normally conservative high court would proclaim a liberal policy of full inclusion for all. Monday's unexpectedly broad victory for affirmative action would be followed Thursday by a strong endorsement of gay rights.
March 20, 2003 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was lauded by a Cleveland club Wednesday as a champion of free speech. But before he spoke to the lunch crowd on his views of the U.S. Constitution, he insisted that television and radio reporters leave the room. The City Club of Cleveland gives its annual Citadel of Free Speech award to a "distinguished American" who has contributed significantly to "the preservation of the 1st Amendment."
January 13, 2003 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia complained Sunday that courts have gone overboard in keeping God out of government. Scalia, speaking at a religious event, said the constitutional wall between church and state has been misinterpreted by the Supreme Court and lower courts. As an example, he pointed to a ruling in California that barred students from saying the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase "one nation under God."
February 25, 2001 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says judges who read new rights into the Constitution are "impoverishing democracy" by taking issues out of public debate. "My Constitution is a very flexible document," he told an audience at a conference on James Madison at Princeton University. "You want a right to abortion? Pass a law. That's flexibility." Judges who interpret the Constitution as an evolving document want to drive issues out of the democratic debate, he said.