LIONEL PODCAST: Scalia Is Royally, er, Supremely PO’d

Royally. And I refer to the term designating annoyance and perturbation versus inebriation as our UK friends might intone. Nino called the majority’s reasoning “quite absurd.” And he is such a marvelous style in exhibiting and explicating his disdain. As do I.

“The court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery,” he wrote.

“It is up to Congress to design its laws with care,” he added, “and it is up to the people to hold them to account if they fail to carry out that responsibility.”

Justice Scalia announced his dissent from the bench, a sign of bitter disagreement. His summary was laced with notes of incredulity and sarcasm, which sometimes drawing amused murmurs in the courtroom as he described the “interpretive somersaults” he said the majority had performed to reach the decision.

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