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Choose your own Scalia insult

“Pure applesauce.” “Jiggery-pokery.” Comparable to “the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”

How’s that for a sampling of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s thoughts on his colleagues’ judicial reasoning?

And that’s just last week.

Scalia’s dissents in both King v. Burwell, in which the court ruled 6-3 to allow tax-credit subsidies for those who purchase health insurance on exchanges established by the federal government, and Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the court struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide, took a blisteringly critical tone.

The justice, who is known for his sharply worded opinions, described Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in Obergefell as “couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic” and referenced its “showy profundities” and “profound” incoherence.

In case you’re wondering what Scalia might say about you, head over to Mother Jones and Slate, which have created their own Scalia insult producers.

Here’s what Slate’s said about me: “One would think that Lauren’s mindset is a defense of the indefensible. There is no remedy for that.”


About Lauren Kirkwood

Lauren Kirkwood covers the business of law beat at The Daily Record.