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Billy Murphy, other attorneys comment on the Scalia legacy

Billy Murphy, other attorneys comment on the Scalia legacy

“I don't even have to read the briefs, for Pete's sake.” Of all the words Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia uttered, those 11 are the ones that defined him for me, though they came relatively late in his long and loquacious career in the law.

In an interview with a law professor, published in 2011 in California Lawyer magazine, Scalia dismissed any doubts about the constitutionality of the death penalty.

He was explaining his originalist approach: “We don't have the answer to everything, but by God we have an answer to a lot...

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