OPEN COURTS — Tony Mauro reports in Legal Times that a student's question about cameras in the Supreme Court provoked Justice Antonin Scaliain West Palm Beach promoting a bookto spurn the query as a cheap shot.
On Wednesday Legal Times tracked down student Sarah Jeck, the Florida Atlantic University
honors college junior who incurred Scalia's wrath, and she seemed a
little stunned, but not cowed, by his reaction. "He can dish it out,
but he can't take it, I guess," she says. "I'm generally a very polite
person. I'm really surprised the way it turned out. It was not a
So what did Sarah Jeck ask that caused the volatile justice to erupt? According to her own notes and this account in Wednesday's Sun-Sentinel,
Jeck asked whether the rationale for Scalia's well-known opposition to
cameras in the Supreme Court was "vitiated" by the facts that the Court
allows public visitors to view arguments and releases full argument
transcripts to the public, and that justices go out on book tours.
I also have questioned Scalia about Federal judges having lifetime terms. He wasn’t really happy about that question either! He really does not have a good judicial temperament at all! He owes that young person an apology but good luck getting it. He’s as stubborn and absurd as Bush!