Scalia Sears Supreme Court For Foreign Law References

Law360, Washington (May 29, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a scathing rebuke Friday of what he considered his fellow high court jurists' increased references to foreign laws in their constitutional law opinions, suggesting the practice allows judges to cherry-pick examples from other countries and “vastly expands the scope” of judicial deference.

Foreign laws can “never, never be relevant to the meaning of the U.S. Constitution,” Justice Scalia said during a luncheon speech Friday at George Mason University School of Law.

Famed for his originalist approach to the constitution,...
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