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April 08, 2004

Scalia: His Words Embarrass Him
He embarrasses the country

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia - the man who is supposed to protect our free speech rights (ooooh shit). - ordered reporters to erase a speech that he made - at a frickin high school. (I am trying so hard not to go into an obscenity-laden tirade).

In actuality, he got a female federal agent to force reporters - including an AP reporter and a local newspaper reporter there in Mississippi - to erase their tape recordings.
Link here.

I will say this. I would have thrown a fit and a fist. Well I would have asked them to cite a law first. Then I would have just walked out.

Obviously his words were deep, troubled and highly controversial - as you would expect from a judge talk to a .. um .. high school.

Hate does seep from me now, for the act. This is an evil action from a man who not only thinks he's above the law - but in a very real sense is.

But he's not above public ridicule and being slammed for being a completely pompus ass.

By the way, I don't know if either Presbyterian Christian High School or William Carey College where he spoke are public buildings or public schools, but if they are (and the media had after all been invited) then he is no friend to the constitution or the media.

They would have to attack me and throw me to the ground. I would NOT stand for that bullshit. Seriously.

No wonder he's chummy with this "secrecy rules" administration.
At a reception following Scalia's speech at the college, the justice told television reporters from Hattiesburg station WDAM-TV to leave. A member of his entourage also told newspaper photographers they could not take pictures, but a college official reversed the order after nonmedia guests started snapping photos.

William Carey spokeswoman Jeanna Graves later sent an apology to the media.

"I specifically asked for protocol and was told that the media would have access to Justice Scalia during the reception," Graves wrote in an e-mail. She said she was "embarrassed and angry" over the incident.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said it was up to Scalia and his staff to set guidelines for coverage of his events and added, "It's standard that his speeches are not televised."

Last year, Scalia was criticized for refusing to allow television and radio coverage of an event in Ohio in which he received an award for supporting free speech.

Scalia, who was appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1986, told students that the Constitution's true meaning must always be protected.

"The Constitution of the United States is extraordinary and amazing. People just don't revere it like they used to," Scalia told a full auditorium of high school students, officials and religious leaders.
Check the irony at the door. Ye gods.