Scalia’s Legacy

For many Americans, Scalia will be perhaps best remembered for his caustic dissents in cases dealing with issues such as abortion rights, gay rights, and gay marriage. When the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ controversial ban on “homosexual conduct” in 2003, for instance, Scalia made headlines with his statement that the Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas was “the product of a Court that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda.” Scalia did not mean that as a compliment.

Yet despite his reputation as a right-wing culture warrior, Scalia was equally outspoken in other areas of the law that are commonly (if erroneously) associated with the legal left. When it came to the Fourth Amendment and its protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, for instance, Scalia frequently led the way in rejecting the pro-government interpretations favored by state and federal law enforcement.

More here. And some examples of Scalia’s more liberal rulings here.



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