The last week of the most compelling Supreme Court term of the century had plenty of drama — largely provided by Justice Antonin Scalia.
Scalia, sounding more like a right-wing blogger or a Fox News pundit than a Supreme Court justice, read from the bench a blistering dissenting opinion on the Arizona immigration case. He used it to quarrel pointedly with a presidential press conference.
During the heath care oral arguments, Scalia had already ridiculed the “cornhusker kickback,” a term used on conservative cable TV to deride a backroom deal in the passage of the health care law. Scalia has always written like one of the most gifted Wall Street Journal editorial writers. Now, as judicial discourse becomes cruder, he’s expressing himself on the bench like a conservative shock jock.
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