Saturday, June 27, 2015

Who knew?

… Antonin Scalia Is the Supreme Court's Greatest Writer | The New Republic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Scalia’s reactionary jurisprudence has made him a polarizing figure, but the pungency of his writing is widely admired even by those who fear that he will return America to the dark ages. Writing in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy in 1993, Harvard law professor Charles Fried hailed Scalia as possessing “a natural talent” of “the kind which distinguishes a Mozart from a Salieri.” In the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute in 2003, Yury Kapgan claimed that Scalia’s decisions are “as close to literature as court opinions come.”
 Of course, good writing tends to suggest clear thinking as well.

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