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March 21, 2003

Scalia Says Rights Can Be Cut to "Minimum"

Well, I'm sure Ashcroft will be glad to hear that the rights we now "enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires." So said Justice Scalia in a speech in suburban Cleveland:

"The Constitution just sets minimums," Scalia said after a speech at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland. "Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires...Scalia did not discuss what rights he believed are constitutionally protected, but said that in wartime, one can expect "the protections will be ratcheted right down to the constitutional minimum. I won't let it go beyond the constitutional minimum."
One more reason why these folks should have been impeached after Bush v. Gore.

Posted by Nathan at March 21, 2003 08:48 AM

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Perfect - Just the excuse he needs to turn against his own judicial philosophy concerning the value of precedent. He can reverse himself on the flag burning question. Certainly not a "constitutional minimum" where he is concerned. We'll be hitting rock bottom soon enough. I hate him.

However, maybe it is a good thing that they recently denied cert on the ACLU's case concerning the so called Patriot Act. If they don't write, less damage is done. I'd rather not have them sanction it.

Posted by: Eric Bruce at March 25, 2003 11:46 AM

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