Justice Thomas under attack from Reid

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- New Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an "embarrassment" and should not be considered for chief justice.

Court reverses Texas death sentence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday reversed a Texas death sentence, saying the sentencing jury was not told to consider circumstances that might lessen the penalty.

Texas chief justice makes history

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The first black to preside over the Texas Supreme Court was sworn into office Thursday by a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Court hears dog sniff argument

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday heard an Illinois case about whether police may use drug-sniffing dogs during routine traffic stops.

Scalia decries judicial activism

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a Harvard University forum activist judges are damaging democracy in the United States.

Court to hear landmark sentencing case

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday set argument for Oct. 4 in a dispute the Justice Department says may undo tens of thousands of criminal sentences.

Court rules against Ga. legislative plan

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling that struck down a Democratically drawn map for the Georgia Legislature.

Sentence extension ruled unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday a jury, not a judge alone, should have considered factors that nearly doubled the sentence for a wife kidnapper.

Court: No suit over Utah wilderness

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that environmentalists could not sue to force the Interior Department to protect Utah wilderness from off-road vehicles.

'Under God' stays in pledge -- for now

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday knocked down a challenge to the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ABA dedication moved to Saturday

CHICAGO, June 8 (UPI) -- The American Bar Association said Tuesday it is moving the Chicago dedication ceremony for its headquarters building from Friday to noon Saturday.

Court rejects Colo. redistricting case

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday let stand a lower-court ruling throwing out a Republican redistricting plan in Colorado.

Reporters sue U.S. Marshals Service

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Two reporters sued U.S. federal marshals Monday for allegedly violating their constitutional rights by seizing tape recordings of a Supreme Court justice.

Landmark redistricting ruling helps GOP

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court plurality ruled Wednesday in a Pennsylvania case that the courts cannot rule on challenges to political gerrymandering.

Court weighs secrecy of Cheney board

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's top lawyer told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday that the records of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy board must remain secret.
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Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the Federalist Society Gala at Union Station in Washington on November 15, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)..

Antonin Gregory Scalia (pronounced /skəˈliːə/  ( listen); born March 11, 1936) is an American jurist who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia has been described as the intellectual anchor of the Court's conservative wing.

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and attended public grade school and Catholic high school in New York City, where his family had moved. He attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate, and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. After spending six years in a Cleveland law firm, he became a law school professor. In the early 1970s, he served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, first at minor administrative agencies, and then as an assistant attorney general. He spent most of the Carter years teaching at the University of Chicago, where he became one of the first faculty advisers of the fledgling Federalist Society. In 1982, he was appointed as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Ronald Reagan.

In 1986, Scalia was appointed by Reagan to the Supreme Court to fill the associate justice seat vacated when Justice William Rehnquist was elevated to Chief Justice. Whereas Rehnquist's confirmation was contentious, Scalia was asked few difficult questions by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and faced no opposition. Scalia was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, and took his seat on September 26, 1986.

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