A memorable afternoon with Justice Scalia

Justice Scalia will see you now, the secretary said.

Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday, sat for an interview with AJC editor Ken Foskett.

Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday, sat for an interview with AJC editor Ken Foskett.

I entered Scalia’s Supreme Court chamber nervously and stretched out my hand to the small man coming round his desk to greet me.

I was there to interview Scalia for my biography of Justice Clarence Thomas, but I will always remember the encounter for what I learned about the court’s most loquacious justice, who died Saturday at the age of 79.

The man I spent an hour with was nothing like the bully who struck fear into the hearts of lawyers that appeared before him in oral arguments. Indeed, one-on-one with me, he was downright meek.

Read about my memorable afternoon with Justice Scalia here.


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