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Friday, February 06, 2009

Justice Scalia Calls Student's Question "Nasty and Impolite"

The Blog of the Legal Times reports that United
States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
responded harshly to a student's question
at a public appearance on Tuesday in West Palm
Beach, Florida.

According to the article, Sarah Jeck (a Florida Atlantic
University honors college junior) asked whether the
rationale for Scalia's well-known opposition to cameras
in the Supreme Court was "vitiated" by the fact that
the Court allows public visitors to view arguments and
releases full argument transcripts to the public, and that
justices go out on book tours (Scalia's latest book was
for sale at the West Palm Beach venue). Scalia initial
response was, "That's a nasty, impolite question."

A report of the incident in the Palm Beach Post
indicates that Scalia eventually returned to
Jeck's question, saying that - although he originally
supported the concept of cameras in the courtroom
- he eventually came to oppose it because the
"30 second take-outs" would not provide a true
picture of the proceedings.