Scalia: Supreme Court should not be moral arbiters

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Antonin Scalia believes Supreme Court justices are all too often deciding the nation's morals from the bench.
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Watsonville, CA

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Jul 30, 2010
 
I wonder if the guy who wants his country back, is also opposed to the deluge of illegal immigrants? No? It's not in the leftist-academic politically correct playbook? Too bad. I wonder if he supports the use of courts to overturn referenda passed by popular vote? Probably yes.
Summit Bob

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Jul 30, 2010
 
He looks so freakin' silly with that jet black dyed hair at 74. Does he think he's a teenager?
Obummer

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Jul 30, 2010
 
Justice Scalia still believes in the Constitution and the ways of the founding fathers...God bless him, he is a dying breed...Before long the Supreme Court will be filled with Liberals and they will throw the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the trash can and burn them...
Craig

Santa Cruz, CA

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Jul 30, 2010
 
what a stupid SCOTUS judge. read about law:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law

since history, culture and societies are not static, neither should the law be static. the Founding Fathers could not have envisioned all the changes due to technology, social movements and cultural diversity in our country,

why should the law be static when nothing else is?

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Virginia Beach, VA

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#5
Jul 30, 2010
 
the president wants a supreme court justice with good "life experience" who can be "empathetic". screw that. we need judges who know the law and the constitution and know how to keep their own opinions out of their opinions...
David

Beltrami Isl State For, MN

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Jul 30, 2010
 
Craig wrote:
what a stupid SCOTUS judge. read about law:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law
since history, culture and societies are not static, neither should the law be static. the Founding Fathers could not have envisioned all the changes due to technology, social movements and cultural diversity in our country,
why should the law be static when nothing else is?
Right. Because everyone should get there information from Wikipedia, the resident experts on matters of law.
Craig

Santa Cruz, CA

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Jul 30, 2010
 
David wrote:
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Right. Because everyone should get there information from Wikipedia, the resident experts on matters of law.
here is a legal expert for you:

http://www.michiganlawreview.org/articles/con...
what a joke

Santa Cruz, CA

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Jul 30, 2010
 
scalia should be talking about the constitution. what a joke. he is a sorry asse excuse for a judge. lightening should be striking him soon.
Richard Saunders

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Jul 30, 2010
 
That is why we have legislatures and law makers who write the laws,

Why should judges interpret a law that was not intended by the law maker?

What is the justification of a judge to change the meaning of a law at whim?

And how does the current constitution impose on our culture, history, society, technology and cultural diversity in a negative way?

We are a constitutional federal republic. Laws are amended and changed to conform with the culture all the time. That is the lawmaker's job.

And that is the way it should be.

Judges have no political accountability.
Craig wrote:
what a stupid SCOTUS judge. read about law:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law
since history, culture and societies are not static, neither should the law be static. the Founding Fathers could not have envisioned all the changes due to technology, social movements and cultural diversity in our country,
why should the law be static when nothing else is?
NObama

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#10
Jul 30, 2010
 
The role of a judge is to interpret the law, not legislate from the bench or implement public policy.
Craig

Santa Cruz, CA

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Jul 31, 2010
 
Richard Saunders wrote:
That is why we have legislatures and law makers who write the laws,
Why should judges interpret a law that was not intended by the law maker?
What is the justification of a judge to change the meaning of a law at whim?
And how does the current constitution impose on our culture, history, society, technology and cultural diversity in a negative way?
We are a constitutional federal republic. Laws are amended and changed to conform with the culture all the time. That is the lawmaker's job.
And that is the way it should be.
Judges have no political accountability.
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who can determine the intentions of lawmakers? not people out of office. that's what judges are for. laws may not be amended in a way consistent with the constitution given the biases of lawmakers. consider Jim Crow laws and Separate But Equal. lawmakers made these laws. it required judges to overturn them.

judges were meant to be above the foibles of politicking. if they were elected, we would have an even bigger mess than we are in. they need independence.

anyways, many local judges are elected.

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