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Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice

Recorded on April 6, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Brilliant. Colorful. Visionary. Tenacious. Witty. Since his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1986, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has been described as all of these things and for good reason. He is perhaps the best-known justice on the Supreme Court today and certainly the most controversial. Yet most Americans have probably not read even one of his several hundred Supreme Court opinions. In Scalia Dissents, Kevin Ring, former counsel to the U.S. Senate's Constitution Subcommittee, lets Justice Scalia speak for himself. This volume - the first of its kind - showcases the quotable justice's take on many of today's most contentious constitutional debates, including: Affirmative Action - "In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American." Religious Freedom - "A priest has as much liberty to proselytize as a patriot." Judicial Activism - "No government official is 'tempted' to place restraints on his own freedom of action, which is why Lord Acton did not say 'Power tends to purify.'" The Supreme Court - "This Court seems incapable of admitting that some matters - any matters - are none of its business." Abortion - "It thus appears the mansion of constitutionalized abortion law, constructed overnight in Roe v. Wade, must be disassembled doorjamb by doorjamb…"

Labeled the Court's most conservative member and chief wordsmith, Justice Scalia has been a champion to Americans who cherish liberty and the rule of law. He has provided insight into what the law is and should be - and ultimately has influenced the Supreme Court. In Scalia Dissents, Kevin Ring reveals the Associate Justice's most compelling moments in over a dozen of his most noteworthy opinions.