Scalia Says It's Not Judges' Job To Police 'Garbage' Laws

Law360, Dallas (November 16, 2014, 12:35 PM EST) -- Even when the U.S. Congress makes "garbage" laws, judges don't have the power to interpret those statutes to avoid an undesired outcome, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday.

It's arrogant for judges to substitute their own opinions of what the best outcome of a case should be in lieu of the literal meaning of statutes that have been democratically determined, Justice Scalia said at a talk at the Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit in Dallas. Justice Scalia was there to discuss his latest book, "Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts," written with legal lexicographer Bryan Garner.

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