Antonin Scalia

Jacob Sullum on Antonin Scalia, Bleeding-Heart Liberal


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Antonin Scalia may be the Supreme Court justice whom progressives most love to hate. Daily Kos blogger Sylvia Moore says he is "clearly an authoritarian" while a California Lawyer reader complains online that Scalia "actively promotes an authoritarian agenda in which the rights of the individual have little meaning." Yet as Senior Editor Jacob Sullum observes, in reality Scalia does not live up to his authoritarian reputation. The latest refutation of the progressive caricature is Maryland v. King, a decision issued Monday in which the Supreme Court upheld DNA testing of arrestees. Scalia's dissent illustrates how his respect for the Constitution leads him to side with the individual against the government.