CBS’s Leslie Stahl on Chief Justice Scalia as ‘Neanderthal’

antonin_scalia-photograph.jpg“Evil” 18th Century “Neanderthal”?

CBS’s Lesley Stahl: “I’m surprised at how many people really, really hate you. These are some things we’ve been told: ‘He’s evil;’ ‘He’s a Neanderthal;’ ‘He’s going to drag us back to 1789.’ They’re threatened by what you represent and what you believe in.”

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: “These are people that don’t understand what my interpretive philosophy is. I’m not saying no progress. I’m saying we should progress democratically.”…

Stahl: “But his critics argue that originalism is a cover for what they see as Justice Scalia’s real intention: to turn back some pivotal court decisions of the ’60s and ’70s. He’s been labeled a ‘counterrevolutionary.'”

— CBS’s 60 Minutes, April 27, 2008, as reported by Media Research Center’sNotables Quotables,” May 5, 2008.

This article was posted on Monday, May 5th, 2008 at 5:34 pm and is filed under CBS, Court Decisions & Judges, News. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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