Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Justice Scalia on planning ahead

In his speech at the College of William & Mary, as reported here ("Scalia: Little merit in 'living Constitution'," 3/17/04) in the Richmond paper, Justice Scalia commented that he never planned to be a Supreme Court justice. "I haven't calculated very much in my life," he said, "or I wouldn't have nine kids, would I?" As reported here ("Supreme Court is a political institution, Scalia says at W&M," 3/17/04) in the Norfolk paper, Justice Scalia explained that his originalist view of the Constitution leaves him with less room to maneuver to strike down things that he otherwise would not like, like flag-burning.

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