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  1. woodroad34d says

    I’m glad the professor also spoke up about Scalia’s lack of professionalism and judicial propriety. He’s a thug who wasted good money to go to law school. What a black spot on the SCOTUS.

  2. MT says

    Shouldn’t an openly bigoted person like this be forced to recuse himself from cases like gay marriage? Can he be trusted to be impartial? (I’m legitimately asking that)

  3. Cocoa says

    @ MT He’s actually openly admitted that he can’t be impartial and has said that he cannot seperate his personal beliefs from his own “judgement”. This is what the controversy is over because he’s not supposed to give rulings on his beliefs, he’s supposed to uphold the constituition, but even there, he says it is an unchanging dead document. Even considering that statement we can see what kind of person we are dealing with when they say the constituition is a dead document. Last I checked, we’ve added some changs called amendments since it was released.

    I’m young, and haven’t watched Scalia for long, but the guy seems like a head in the sand to me, sticking to what he wants to see/hear and has been known to make statements like this.

  4. Yeek says

    It’s too bad, because Scalia is a very smart man. He’s just way, way too into himself. If you’re completely predictable as a judge, you probably aren’t being particularly thoughtful.

  5. Erik says

    Scalia’s comments weren’t a big surprise. Everyone knows how all the justices are going to vote save Roberts and Kennedy. I wish they wouldn’t drag it out so long.

  6. mike/ says

    interesting that Turley said that any other Chief Justice would call him in and tell him to toe the line.

    more proof that Roberts lost control of his court long ago…

  7. plinx says

    I’m curious to see how Scalia gets around the “equal protections of the law” he cites in his own dissent to Lawrence when it comes time to decide the Windsor case. How anyone with a straight face (pun intended) can say that Edie Windsor was treated equally to her hetero counterparts when her partner died is beyond me. The resulting logic pretzel Scalia will have to tie himself into in a vain attempt to uphold DOMA should be entertaining.

  8. UFFDA says

    Scalia is wrong and out of line. That’s the truth and these three bright, articulate people – Duncan, the professor and the commentator – did a superior job of showing just how idiotic and prejudiced a man Scalia continues to show himself to be. He has in fact made a fool of himself and a freshman from Princeton has smoked him out, more evidence yet that the world belongs to the young who are next in line to make it better.

  9. SC David says

    Somebody’s making teenagers a whole lot smarter than I remember. Working the numbers, looks like we have about 35 years until Mr. Hosie has finished law school and gotten enough experience as an attorney and judge to be nominated for the seat once held by Justice Scalia. I’d feel a whole lot safer with Duncan in charge.

  10. says

    It was a very shameful moment for Scalia. A bright young person asked him a very specific, and damn valid, question. Clearly one that Scalia himself knows he cannot answer and look in any way intelligent or dignified. So he behaved like a flippant prig.

  11. Jay says

    Duncan Hosie is a very impressive young man. So intelligent and articulate. I am so happy he asked the question he did, and equally happy that the absurd Scalia took the opportunity to expose the bankruptcy of his position.

  12. PAUL B. says

    Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony”. Well, as a textualist, it seems pretty clear to me what Scalia should do. But…if he can’t do it himself, he can always give me a call.

  13. Kevin_BGFH says

    I can see a legal argument for how some Justices might not agree with a constitutional right to same sex marriage. Not saying I agree with it, but I could see why some justices would vote that way.

    But I cannot see how any justice on any part of the political spectrum could not strike down DOMA. How could they not see that the federal government acknowledging some legal marriages and not others violates the Equal Protection Clause? And conservatives should at least see an infringement of the 10th Amendment and the whole states’ rights argument. I cannot craft a sound legal argument in favor of upholding DOMA.

  14. gregolio says

    1 – In the Lawrence case Scalia insists the the entire U.S. Law community has fallen under the sway of the “the homosexual agenda”. Implicitly this means he alone gets it and tens of thousands of others don’t.

    2 – The irony is that in a court of law what differentiates a hopeless sociopath from someone who may be “rehabilitated” is their capacity to express some form of empathy, contrition, regret or doubt, etc. Clearly Mr Scalia stands on the side of the sociopaths in his rigid stance.

  15. MaddM@ says

    the purpose of the supreme court is not to protect the country from some “agenda,” it is to rule on if laws are conistent with current laws and rulings including the US constitution of which DOMA blatantly violates. You don’t need to be a law expert to get that, but apparently you have to be one to come up with whatever convoluted logic that allows one to say otherwise.

    This guy should be relieved of his position

  16. PAUL B. says

    Charlie Rose recently did a full hour with this hog…it was enlightening. It became evident early on that Scalia was so full of himself, he could hardly wipe the smugness off his face. That’s our supreme court’s finest? Something is wrong with the man…that’s very clear. If he keeps doing the talk show/book pimping gig…he’ll talk himself into a nice big hole. Isn’t that what so many arrogant, self-righteous types do to themselves?

  17. Lise says

    Where exactly does Scalia’s reputation as being “very smart” come from? I’ve never seen evidence of it. If he is above average IQ, his narcissistic lunacy has prevented him from acting upon it.

  18. Geoff says

    Scalia is one of the most dangerous crackpot/thugs in America. He do better in Vatican City. He doesn’t belong here, certainly. His sense of “morality” is a Bronze-Age relic…more suited to “the old country”.

  19. says

    Handsome, articulate, intelligent – how come guys like Duncan aren’t sitting on the Supreme Court? I LOVED this guy and he’s just a freshman. We must continue to put pressure on the Supreme Court and especially on Chief Roberts to compel this idiot Scalia to cease and desist speaking out on such cases. The GOP will and are citing Scalia repeatedly and Scalia is building his own Republican fan base by doing so. He should be reigned in and in this case, Chief Roberts, if he has the power, should force Scalia (because of his outspoken anti-gay statements) to recuse himself.

  20. says

    Handsome, articulate, intelligent – how come guys like Duncan aren’t sitting on the Supreme Court? I LOVED this guy and he’s just a freshman. We must continue to put pressure on the Supreme Court and especially on Chief Roberts to compel this idiot Scalia to cease and desist speaking out on such cases. The GOP will and are citing Scalia repeatedly and Scalia is building his own Republican fan base by doing so. He should be reigned in and in this case, Chief Roberts, if he has the power, should force Scalia (because of his outspoken anti-gay statements) to recuse himself.

  21. says

    (Sorry, did not mean to post that twice. Hate it when you post and just sit there so long and then believe something happened and it didn’t get posted – so you hit that submit button a second time and crap – you’ve posted the message twice. I’ll try and keep that to a minimum.)

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