31 Facts About Antonin Scalia

1. Antonin Scalia had gone quail hunting the afternoon before, and then dined.

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2. Antonin Scalia enjoyed a warm relationship with fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, considered a member of the court's liberal wing, with the two attending the opera together and appearing together onstage as supernumeraries in Washington National Opera's 1994 production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

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3. Antonin Scalia traveled to the nation's law schools, giving talks on law and democracy.

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4. Antonin Scalia responded to his critics that his originalism "has occasionally led him to decisions he deplores, like his upholding the constitutionality of flag burning", which according to Scalia was protected by the First Amendment.

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5. Antonin Scalia described himself as an originalist, meaning that he interpreted the United States Constitution as it would have been understood when it was adopted.

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6. Antonin Scalia compared the Constitution to statutes he contended were not understood to change their meaning through time.

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7. Antonin Scalia does not, in short, write like a happy man.

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8. Antonin Scalia wrote numerous opinions from the start of his career on the Supreme Court.

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9. Antonin Scalia comes in like a medieval knight, girded for battle.

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10. Antonin Scalia indicated his long-held position from the time of his 1983 law review article titled "The Doctrine of Standing as an Essential Element of the Separation of Powers".

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11. Antonin Scalia disagreed with O'Connor's opinion, for the Court, that states and localities could institute race-based programs if they identified past discrimination and if the programs were designed to remedy the past racism.

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12. Antonin Scalia wrote, "Justice O'Connor's assertion, that a 'fundamental rule of judicial restraint' requires us to avoid reconsidering Roe cannot be taken seriously".

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13. Antonin Scalia took a broad view of the Eleventh Amendment, which bars certain lawsuits against states in the federal courts.

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14. Antonin Scalia based that decision on Wickard v Filburn, which he now wrote "expanded the Commerce Clause beyond all reason".

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15. Antonin Scalia opined that the Commerce Clause, together with the Necessary and Proper Clause, permitted the regulation.

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16. Antonin Scalia wrote that the AUMF could not be read to suspend habeas corpus and that the Court, faced with legislation by Congress that did not grant the president power to detain Hamdi, was trying to "Make Everything Come Out Right".

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17. Antonin Scalia was called to the White House and accepted Reagan's nomination.

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18. Antonin Scalia had the advantage of not having Bork's "paper trail"; the elder judge had written controversial articles about individual rights.

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19. Antonin Scalia was confirmed by the US Senate on August 5, 1982, and was sworn in on August 17, 1982.

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20. Antonin Scalia was offered a seat on the Chicago-based United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in early 1982 but declined it, hoping to be appointed to the highly influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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21. Antonin Scalia repeatedly testified before congressional committees, defending Ford administration assertions of executive privilege regarding its refusal to turn over documents.

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22. Antonin Scalia became a professor of law at the University of Virginia in 1967, moving his family to Charlottesville.

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23. Antonin Scalia began his legal career at the international law firm Jones, Day, Cockley and Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked from 1961 to 1967.

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24. Antonin Scalia studied law at Harvard Law School, where he was a Notes Editor for the Harvard Law Review.

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25. Antonin Scalia took his junior year abroad at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

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26. Antonin Scalia could have been a member of the Curia.

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27. The elder Antonin Scalia would become a professor of Romance languages at Brooklyn College, where he was an adherent to the formalist New Criticism school of literary theory.

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28. Antonin Scalia was born on March 11, 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey and was an only child.

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29. Antonin Scalia filed separate opinions in many cases, often castigating the Court's majority using scathing language.

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30. Antonin Scalia was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, becoming the first Italian-American justice.

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31. Antonin Scalia spent most of the Carter years teaching at the University of Chicago, where he became one of the first faculty advisers of the fledgling Federalist Society.

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