Inspired by Minty Green’s superb pit thread, has Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia crossed the line of apparent impartiality and now step down from the Court?
Sure, we all know each Justice carries their own biases and political leanings with them when the cross the threshold and become a member of the SCOTUS. We all know appointments to the Court carry political over/undertones. Yet doesn’t elevation to the final adjudicating body in the land confer a responsibility that later opinions and decisions should at the very least respect the Constitution, the People and the continuation of the Republic?
And yes, we all know each Justice is invited to speak at engagements outside of the Court. Pundits scrutinize every word of every speech for clues as to how each Justice may vote on the next case.
This time, has Justice Scalia gone too far? Yeah, we know he’s a conservative. We can make almost sure bets how he votes on cases. Yet with this speech has he crossed the line? Has he tainted himself beyond all reproach that any future opinions he may issue will not be based upon the facts of the case but a political agenda he shares with others?