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Olson argues for land regulators

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's top courtroom lawyer, Solicitor General Theodore Olson, supported government regulators over landowners Monday in what could become a
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

White House rebukes Senate on nominees

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The White House called the Democratically controlled U.S. Senate's decision to adjourn for the holidays without confirming its judicial nominees "an impediment to justice" that has left the nation with what it says is the highest number of federal court v
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

If not now, when?

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Few have noticed but a serious constitutional question lies before the republic. That question is: who controls nominations to the Executive Branch of the Unite
GORDON S. JONES, Special to United Press International

Bush has not changed Washington's tone

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- When President George W. Bush assumed office, he swept into the executive mansion vowing to "change the tone in Washington" with pledges of bipartisan cooperati
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter

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U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Bush vs. Gore: One year later

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- It was the best of decisions, it was the worst of decisions. It was a decision of wisdom, it was a decision of foolishness.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

UPI's Capital Comment for Dec. 10, 2001

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- News notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press Intern
By United Press International

Court looks at L.A. 'adult' ordinance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court is once again wrestling with the issue of free speech protection for sexual material.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court reviews what makes a disability

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a case that could have a profound effect on the American work
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Affirmative action on trial in high court

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's top courtroom lawyer found himself in the unusual position of defending Clinton-era affirmative-action programs before the Supreme Cou
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Secrets threaten liberties

BOSTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct terrorism, or USA Patriot Act signed by President George
SUSAN M. AKRAM, Special to United Press International

Supreme Court weighs child porn law

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A top Bush administration lawyer told the Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday that a 1996 law banning computer-generated sexual images of minors is const
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court hears high-speed Internet case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday on a key element of high-speed Internet and wireless access.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

O'Connor pivotal in coming battles

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court began a new term Monday that will probably be marked by a battle between its liberal and conservative wings for the heart and mind of Justice
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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)..
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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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