Antonin Scalia

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Antonin Scalia was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Scalia took oath of office September 26, 1986, and in 2000 was the centerpiece of the U.S. Presidential Selection. [1][2]


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In January 2004, Scalia spent time duck hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney at a private camp (guests of Wallace Carline, owner of Diamond Services in Amelia, St. Mary Parish,[3]) in southern Louisiana (reportedly travelling on Air Force 2[4]) just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president's appeal in lawsuits over his handling of Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force. [5],[6]

  • While Scalia and Cheney are avid hunters and longtime friends, several experts in legal ethics questioned the timing of their trip and said it raised doubts about Scalia's ability to judge the case impartially.
  • But Scalia rejected that concern, saying, "I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned."

In April 2004, "Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ordered U.S. Marshals to seize the tapes of reporters who recorded his speeches before two religious schools in Mississippi. Ironic in that the man who fancies himself the sole authority on the Constitution would believe that reporters should not be able to talk about what he says." [7], [8]

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