“No, I haven’t had a falling out with Justice Roberts,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in a TV interview, when asked about reports of a clash with the chief justice.
Justice Scalia said about the court, according to an Associated Press article, “There are clashes on legal questions but not personally.” He added, “The press likes to paint us as nine scorpions in a bottle, and that’s just not the case at all.”
He was interviewed on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and was asked about unconfirmed news reports of deep “discord” on the court after Justice John Roberts, a fellow conservative, had cast the deciding vote with four liberals to uphold the Affordable Care Act. (Click here to view the CNN interview video.)
“You should not believe what you read about the court in the newspapers,” Justice Scalia said at another point, according to a New York Times report. “It’s either been made up or been given to the newspapers by somebody who’s violating a confidence, which means that person is not reliable.”
On another front, Justice Scalia said “the court is not at all a political institution,” and added, “I don’t think any of my colleagues on any cases vote the way they do for political reasons.” He went on, “They vote the way they do because they have their own judicial philosophy.”
Justice Scalia defended the court’s landmark campaign finance ruling in 2010, Citizens United, in which he voted with the 5-4 majority. The ruling allowed corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited sums for independent expenditures supporting or opposing federal candidates.
Regarding that decision, Justice Scalia also said, “You are entitled to know where the speech is coming from — you know, information as to who contributed what.”
Meanwhile, a New York Times article was headlined, “Public’s Opinion of Supreme Court Drops After Health Care Law Decision.”
A poll by the newspaper and by CBS News found 41 percent of Americans voicing approval of the job done by the court and the same percentage expressing disapproval.