Justice Antonin Scalia is not feuding with Chief Justice John Roberts, despite finding himself on the losing end of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care law.
In a rare television interview broadcast Wednesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the 76-year-old justice said there’s no truth to recent reports indicating relationships on the court have become strained in the wake of the decision.
“You should not believe what you read about the court in the newspapers,” Scalia said. “Because the information has either been made up or given to the newspapers by somebody who is violating a confidence, which means that person is not reliable.”
Asked whether he has had a “falling out” with Roberts — who joined the liberal wing of the court to uphold the law — Scalia said no.
“No, I haven’t had a falling out with Justice Roberts,” he said.
“Loud words exchanged, slamming of doors?” Morgan pressed.
“No, no, nothing like that,” Scalia replied.
Scalia insisted relationships among justices are cordial and professional: “There are clashes on legal questions but not personally.”
Scalia also defended the 2-year-old decision known as Citizens United, the landmark ruling lifting restrictions on corporate and union campaign spending.
“I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better,” Scalia said. “That’s what the First Amendment is all about. So long as the people know where the speech is coming from.”
The justice said the decision that provides the “most waves of disagreement” is the one that decided the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Scalia said his message to those upset by the outcome of Bush v. Gore is “get over it.”
“The only question in Bush v. Gore was whether the presidency would be decided by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court,” he said. “It was the only question and it’s not a hard one.”
He said he has no regrets about the court’s decision.
“No regrets at all,” Scalia said. “Especially because it’s clear that the thing would have ended up the same way anyway. The press did extensive research into what would have happened if Al Gore wanted done had been done, county by county, and he would have lost anyway.”
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