For Supreme Court judge, controversy familiar friend
When Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia visits campus, controversy tends to follow. Scalia visited the University in 2001 and 2008 and faced pointed questions and protests about his Supreme Court decisions.
In February 2001, 30 to 40 protestors staged outside McCosh 50 held signs with a portrait of newly inaugurated President George W. Bush with the word “illegitimate” written on the photo. Protestors shouted “high court treason” to people entering and exiting the speech, referencing the Supreme Court decision two months before that essentially determined Bush’s victory in the presidential election. Scalia was one of five justices in the majority.
Scalia defended the decision in a 2008 speech on campus. After one student asked about the case, he responded, “Get over it; it’s eight years ago.” Scalia was awarded the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service at the talk.
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