Scalia: Leave John Roberts Alone Already

Denies Supreme Court infighting over ObamaCare
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2012 7:49 AM CDT

Antonin Scalia may have disagreed with John Roberts in the court's health care ruling, but he says that disagreement never became personal—and that "it offends me" to hear criticism of Roberts, or any of his colleagues over how they ruled. "No, I haven't had a falling out with Justice Roberts," Scalia told Piers Morgan on CNN last night, according to Politico. "Best buddies?" Morgan asked. Scalia replied, "My best buddy on the court is Ruth Bader Ginsburg—has always been."

"There are clashes on legal questions, but not personally," Scalia explained. "The press likes to paint us as nine scorpions in a bottle. That's just not the case." He also dismissed the notion that Roberts' decision was based on political expediency. "We are not a political institution." Scalia wouldn't talk about the court's most recent rulings, but did briefly defend the Citizens United ruling ("You can't separate speech from the money that facilitates the speech.") and Bush v. Gore ("Get over it.").

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