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Even Scalia's Dissenting Opinions Get Major Scrutiny

Publication Date: 
July 16, 2012
National Public Radio - All Things Considered
Nina Totenberg

Lecturer Tom Goldstein discusses Justice Antonin Scalia's dissents from this past SCOTUS term and why Scalia came off as "apoplectic" towards the end of the term.

AUDIE CORNISH: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL: I'm Robert Siegel. And we begin this hour with the Supreme Court - not with rulings, but with dissents. In the final tumultuous week of the court's term, one justice stood out for his dissents - Antonin Scalia. His was the first name on the joint dissent in the health care case, but it was Scalia's dissent in the Arizona immigration case that drew harsh criticism, as we hear from NPR legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg.

NINA TOTENBERG: Scalia's outrage has rung out from the Supreme Court bench for 26 years.


TOM GOLDSTEIN: Justice Scalia, by the end of the term, was apoplectic. That might not be accurate because it might be an understatement. But that is his wont.

NINA TOTENBERG: Tom Goldstein is publisher of SCOTUSblog, the leading Supreme Court blog.

TOM GOLDSTEIN: Justice Scalia cares so passionately about these issues that he wears his heart on his sleeve and the blood runs through his pen.