Media-Shy Scalia Hits Road With 18th-Century Views

Conservative justice will plug stance as he pitches new book
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 2:20 AM CDT
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's narrow interpretation of the Constitution has made him one of the most controversial members of the court.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – After years of courting controversy but shunning publicity, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is about to go on a media offensive, reports USA Today. The conservative Scalia, who has notoriously kept the press away from his public appearances, allowed C-SPAN recently to broadcast a question-and-answer session with students. He'll also appear on 60 Minutes this month. Why? He's plugging a book he co-authored on legal arguments.

When he's on the road, America's first Italian-American justice is expected to talk up his fervently held views that the Supreme Court should stick to an interpretation of the Constitution that its 18th-century authors had in mind. As for entertainment value, the right-wing jurist is bound to be "conservative, outspoken and pugnacious," said a law professor.