Q&A with Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia discussed his book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, co-authored by Bryan Garner, that makes a case… read more

Justice Antonin Scalia discussed his book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, co-authored by Bryan Garner, that makes a case for a return to a more scrupulous and attentive approach to the words of legal texts. He defined the meaning of textualism as it relates to interpreting laws and the meanings of the words originalism and strict constructionism as they apply to constitutional law. He cautioned that individuals should read entire judicial opinions before reaching any conclusion about a particular judge’s fairness. In this interview he discussed his opposition to cameras in the Supreme Court chamber. He responded to video clips and talked about criticism from the press, saying that he responds by not commenting or by writing letters to the editor and throwing them away. 

Antonin Scalia was nominated by President Reagan to the Court and approved in the Senate by a vote of 98-0 in September 1986. He was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Jul 29, 2012
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  • Jul 29, 2012 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
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