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Thursday, April 08, 2004
 
Scalia and That Pesky Rag We Call the Constitution.
Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia and his Federal Marshal sidekick need to be briefed on the finer points of Constitutional law regarding public speech and property rights.
Hattiesburg, Miss.- Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school.

Ordered? Huh? Under what authority?
Scalia has long barred television cameras from his speeches, but does not always prohibit newspaper photographers and tape recorders. On Wednesday, he did not warn the audience at the high school that recording devices would be forbidden.

During the speech, a woman identifying herself as a deputy federal marshal demanded that a reporter for The Associated Press erase a tape recording of the justice's comments. She said the justice had asked that his appearance not be recorded.

The reporter initially resisted, but later showed the deputy how to erase the digital recording after the officer took the device from her hands.
The forcible taking of property is a crime without just cause or due process.

The exchange occurred in the front row of the auditorium while Scalia delivered his speech about the Constitution.
And I though irony was dead.
 
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