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An adieu to Scalia, the man with the cutting – and politicised – tongue

The death of the Supreme Court justice is a reminder of just how un-politicised our own judges are, despite assertions to the contrary, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

15 February 2016

The legal and political worlds were in shock this past weekend following the news that US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had been found dead at the age of 79. Thanks to the wonders of social media, his passing quickly became one of the most politicised deaths in living memory, as political figures on both sides of the US’s partisan divide scrambled to pay homage to one of their nation’s leading jurists as well as warn of the dangers his lost jurisprudence may have on democratic freedoms.

What the ‘Notorious RBG’ – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for the uninitiated – was to liberal lawyers and voters, Scalia was to those of a more libertarian or conservative nature. A fierce defender of the US Constitution, which he once described as an ‘enduring’ rather than a ‘living’ document, Scalia ...

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