45 Facts About Justice Antonin Scalia

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

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2. Justice 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. Justice Antonin Scalia responded to the reports with a letter to the editor, accusing the news staff of watching too many episodes of The Sopranos and stating that the gesture was a strong brush-off.

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

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5. Justice 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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6. Justice 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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7. Justice Antonin Scalia compared the Constitution to statutes he contended were not understood to change their meaning through time.

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8. Justice Antonin Scalia was a textualist in statutory interpretation, believing that the ordinary meaning of a statute should govern.

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9. Justice Antonin Scalia, known to his friends and colleagues as "Nino", attempted to influence his colleagues by sending them "Ninograms"—short memorandums aimed at trying to get them to include his views in their opinions.

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

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11. Justice Antonin Scalia is highly accessible and tries not to get bogged down in abstruse legal jargon.

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12. Justice Antonin Scalia has a taste for garish analogies and offbeat allusions—often very funny ones—and he speaks in no uncertain terms.

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13. Justice Antonin Scalia's writing style is best described as equal parts anger, confidence, and pageantry.

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14. Justice Antonin Scalia's entertaining writing style can make even the most mundane areas of the law interesting".

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

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

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17. Justice 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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18. Justice Antonin Scalia traced the word "militia", found in the Second Amendment, as it would have been understood at the time of its ratification, stating that it then meant "the body of all citizens".

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19. Justice Antonin Scalia maintained that every element of an offense that helps determine the sentence must be either admitted by the defendant or found by a jury under the Sixth Amendment's jury guarantee.

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20. Justice 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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21. Justice 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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22. Justice Antonin Scalia took a broad view of the Eleventh Amendment, which bars certain lawsuits against states in the federal courts.

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

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

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25. Justice 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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26. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented, seeing no Presentment Clause difficulties and feeling that the act did not violate separation of powers.

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27. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented, stating that the issuance of the Guidelines was a lawmaking function that Congress could not delegate and dubbed the Commission "a sort of junior-varsity Congress".

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28. Justice Antonin Scalia indicated that the law was an unwarranted encroachment on the executive branch by the legislative.

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

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30. Justice 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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31. Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed by the US Senate on August 5, 1982, and was sworn in on August 17, 1982.

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32. Justice 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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33. Justice 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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34. Justice Antonin Scalia became a professor of law at the University of Virginia in 1967, moving his family to Charlottesville.

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35. Justice 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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36. Justice Antonin Scalia studied law at Harvard Law School, where he was a Notes Editor for the Harvard Law Review.

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

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38. Justice Antonin Scalia was the top student in the class.

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39. Justice Antonin Scalia could have been a member of the Curia.

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40. The elder Justice 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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41. Justice Antonin Scalia filed separate opinions in many cases, often castigating the Court's majority using scathing language.

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42. Justice Antonin Scalia was a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas.

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43. Justice Antonin Scalia served on the Court for nearly thirty years, during which time he espoused a conservative jurisprudence and ideology, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation.

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

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45. Justice 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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