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Justice Antonin Scalia has long been called the most outspoken member of the Supreme Court.And a look back at the grumpy jurist’s opinions really reinforces that label.
Take a look at some of the most curmudgeonly things the controversial justice said in 2012:
- In September, the famously conservative justice flipped out at a reporter for suggesting the court is politicized, while defending politicians in the same breath for making political appointments. “It really enrages me to hear people refer to it as a politicized court. Maybe the legislature and the president are not as stupid as you think. They assuredly picked those people because of who they are and when they get to the court they remain who they were.”
- He also blasted reporters for questioning whether Chief Justice John Roberts changed his mind at the last minute, ensuring a favourable Obamacare ruling. “I don’t talk about internal court proceedings,” Scalia said in July, according to The Huffington Post. “A reporter who reports that is either a) lying, which can be done with impunity … or b) that reporter had the information from someone who was breaking the oath of confidentiality, which means that’s an unreliable person.”
- Scalia made it clear he doesn’t have a problem ruling on some of America’s most politically charged issues. “The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state,” Scalia said in October at the American Enterprise Institute, according to The Associated Press.
- He also stuck to his views equating laws banning sodomy to laws against bestiality and murder. “It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the ‘reduction to the absurd,'” Scalia said in December while at Princeton University. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
- Scalia isn’t impressed with America’s grammar and isn’t afraid to show it. The justice bemoaned “the illiterates who communicate with the public” after a flight attendant said “it’s required that your luggage is under the seat in front of you” rather than “be under the seat.”
- When a law student at University of Wyoming asked Scalia what classes she should take, he said she should skip the “frill classes” like women in justice. “Take the bread and butter courses. Do not take ‘law and women,’ do not take ‘law and poverty,’ do not take ‘law and anything,'” he said, adding that many professors like to “teach their hobbies.”
- When discussing his new book with Charlie Rose, Scalia stuck to his opinion that he’s always right and his dissenters are wrong, saying that while he knows there are disputes over his views, “I also recognise that there is right and wrong.”
- Scalia also boasted to Rose about his numerous enemies, saying, “A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man.”
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