Although rarely recognized, Justice Scalia often safeguarded the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. He did so in an era where, through our email accounts, the government could learn more about us than if it searched our cars or homes. So how does a court
With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, many people have commented on his legacy. People have said he was a brilliant jurist, others remembered how he influenced the Supreme Court “occasionally for good, more often for ill.” As a liberal, minority woman, my views on
Legal formalism is a consistent theme in Justice Scalia’s voluminous opinions. Yet one should not automatically associate formalism with either originalism or conservatism. Justice Scalia’s formalist interpretation of the Constitution occasionally aligned him with the more liberal justices on the Court, as in Hamdi v.
Justice Antonin Scalia was born on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey. His father was an Italian immigrant; his mother the daughter of Italian immigrants. He grew up in Queens and attended high school in Manhattan. In 1957, he graduated as valedictorian of his
Two fights erupted when Antonin Scalia died. The first was about his replacement. A mere hour after news of his passing spread, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) told the nation that Scalia’s successor would not be appointed by President Obama. What followed descended from