Thursday, January 29, 2009

Scalia at Duke today & a favorite Scalia story

Yesterday Naureen Khan at The Chronicle News Blog reported:

With relatively little pomp and fanfare, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be coming to Duke tomorrow to speak about “his life in the law.” He will be appearing at the Law School’s Star Commons at 12:15.

Oddly enough, the Law School has done little advertising for one of the most well-known conservative justices on the Court, appointed under President Ronald Reagan.

It should be a rousing address, nonetheless. When Scalia came to Harvard Law School last October, he defended some of his controversial views in favor of strict interpretation of the Constitution, shouting “I don’t have to prove that originalism is perfect!” to a packed audience. ...

My comments:

I left a comment at Khan's post saying thanks for a concise, informative post.

Khan told readers to check back for updates and to look for a story in Friday's Chronicle.

I plan to post on the story.

In the meantime, from The real reasons Schumer opposes Roberts (Sept.5, 2005) here's one of my favorite Scalia stories as told by a Newsday op-ed writer:

New York's senior senator portrays himself as moderation's great defender. In a 2003 letter Schumer arrogantly advised Bush on how to pick a Supreme Court justice: "I start by encouraging you to use the same principles that guide me in evaluating judicial nominees. I consider three criteria: excellence, diversity and moderation."

Speaking in California last week, according to The Associated Press, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made an excellent point: "Now the Senate is looking for moderate judges, mainstream judges. What in the world is a moderate interpretation of a constitutional text? Halfway between what it says and what we'd like it to say?"