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From the November 27, 2012 interview with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Charlie Rose:

  • 9m – Says he supports a reasonable, not a strict interpretation of the Constitution. This is, of course, how he justifies so called “reasonable” limitations on the enumerated rights in the Bill of Rights, such as “reasonable” gun control restrictions.
  • 17m – Says back in the good old days, judges used to lie when changing the meaning of the Constitution, but now they make it mean whatever they say it means
  • 18m – Says he has no more power to interpret the constitution than the President or the legislative branch
  • 19m – His Lincoln hypocrisy on habeas corpus, in criticizing it, yet ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006) that habeas corpus didn’t apply to a non-U.S. citizen detained at Guantanimo Bay, in the absence of a constitutional suspension by Congress, despite the U.S. Constitution restricting the power of the federal government, regardless of the citizenship or location of the detainee.
  • 35m – He expressed his surprise about Chief Justice John Roberts’ tax clause ruling in support for Obamacare
  • 37m – Claimed that the majority opinion in Bush v. Gore was based upon the Florida courts allegedly violating the Constitution, yet mentioned about the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending the vote counting so the U.S. wouldn’t be a laughing stock
  • 41m – Says judicial activism started under the Warren court
  • 46m – Says he had to do all of the originalist interpretation when he got on the court, since no one else was doing that
  • 49m – Charlie Rose said he promised Scalia he wouldn’t ask him anything he didn’t already know the answer to, showing how such interviews are tightly scripted and controlled

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