Readers Respond

Why I won't miss Justice Scalia

We are inundated these days by eulogies for the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ("Billy Murphy, other attorneys comment on the Scalia legacy," Feb. 15).

Admittedly, he was brilliant. And he certainly was a cantankerous grouch who loved the sound of his own voice and enjoyed making outrageous statements.


But his philosophy of strict originalism makes little sense and led to some dreadful decisions by the court.

Strict originalism holds that constitutional interpretations must be based solely on the original intent of our Founding Fathers and cannot consider the ever changing and evolving values of society.


How ridiculous! How could individuals who lived more than 225 years ago could possibly imagine the circumstances that shape our lives today?

Some of the destructive court decisions flowing from Justice Scalia's distorted approach to the Constitution were Citizens United, which resulted in the total corruption of our political process, and his flawed interpretation of Second Amendment gun rights that reversed 200 years of interpretation to the contrary.

The latter has resulted in hundreds, perhaps thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths from gunshot wounds.

As far as I am concerned, Mr. Scalia shall not be missed on the Supreme Court.

Jack Kinstlinger, Towson