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46 Facts About Antonin Scalia
7. Antonin Scalia was born on March 11, 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey, and was an only child.
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8. In 1953, Antonin Scalia enrolled at Georgetown University, where he majored in history.
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9. Antonin Scalia became a champion collegiate debater in Georgetown's Philodemic Society and a critically praised thespian.
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12. When Ronald Reagan was elected president in November 1980, Antonin Scalia hoped for a major position in the new administration.
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13. Antonin Scalia was offered a judgeship on the Chicago-based US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in early 1982 but declined it, hoping to be appointed to the more influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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14. Antonin Scalia was confirmed by the US Senate on August 5, 1982, and was sworn in on August 17, 1982.
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22. Antonin Scalia said that the Court, in requiring Virginia to show an "extremely persuasive justification" for the single-sex admission policy, had redefined intermediate scrutiny in such a way "that makes it indistinguishable from strict scrutiny".
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36. 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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39. Antonin Scalia enjoyed a warm friendship 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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41. An avid hunter, Antonin Scalia taught Justice Kagan how to hunt; the two hunted ducks, birds, deer and antelope together.
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42. Antonin Scalia's remains were interred at a private ceremony at Fairfax Memorial Park in Fairfax, Virginia.
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46. Justice Antonin Scalia nailed all the weak spots—the "applesauce" and "argle bargle"—and gave me just what I needed to strengthen the majority opinion.
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