"Emerging from mass in Boston on Sunday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia flipped a middle finger to the press."
So reports Editor and Publisher here.
Great behaviour for a Justice of the highest court in the land. But wait! It gets worse. The gesture and a request not to print the photo of the finger gesture:
"....came on the same day that Newsweek reported on a tape recording of a March 8 lecture by Justice Scalia in which he ridiculed legal claims by detainees of Guantanamo Bay as "crazy." The Supreme Court is now hearing a challenge to the legality of special military tribunals for suspects held at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba.
"War is war, and it has never been the case that when you captured a combatant you have to give them a jury trial in your civil courts," Judge Scalia said, during the talk at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, according to Newsweek. "Foreigners, in foreign countries, have no rights under the American Constitution... Nobody has ever thought otherwise."
There is no other word for it - appalling. But then again, there will be some rabid right-wingers who will cheer Scalia on. Only problem is that Scalia is a Justice of the US Supreme Court. Can he now in good conscience sit on appeals where he is so clearly conflicted?
Watch this space.....