Scalia, apostle of corporations, intolerance enabler


Years ago whilst reporting for the Sacramento Bee, esnl wrote about the death of John Misterly, a former Sacramento County sheriff who was an advocate of street justice and had little tolerance for dissent.

The story, headlined “Outspoken Ex-Sheriff John Misterly Dies,” appeared in the 29 August 1983 edition.

Kin of the dead man were upset that the story was a “warts and all depiction,” and demanded equal space for a rebuttal — which, to our surprise [and that of our fellow reporters], the paper granted them. And that despite the fact they couldn’t cite a single factual error in the story.

An editor later explained, “Well, he was a powerful figure locally, and you really shouldn’t speak ill of the dead.”

Shouldn’t speak ill of the dead? Oh, sorry Mr. Hitler.

Rather than write anything of our feelings about the not-so-dear departed, we’ll let others draw them for us [and, to be sure, none appeared in today’s papers, but are blasts from the past].

First, from Tom Toles of the Washington Post:

BLOG Toles Scalia

Next, from David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times:

BLOG Scalia Horsey

There’s this from Kevin Siers of the Kansas City Star:

BLOG Siers

Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant captures the Scalian temperament:

BLOG Scaliaerupts

And from independent cartoonist Terrence Nowicki Jr. of This is Historic Times, an offering he calls “Wardrobe Malfunction”:

BLOG Scalia Klan

John Cole of the TimesTribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania, looks at the source of the Scalia sagacity much-heralded in today’s papers:

BLOG Scalia Cole

Finally, given that the guy in the black hoodie scooped up Tough Tony on a hunting trip, we’ll leave the last word to Ann Telnaes, now with the Washington Post, who sketched out a drawing based on another hunting trip Scalia took with another infamous hunting partner a few days before the court took up a case in which his partner was a part of interest.

From the Los Angeles Times of 17 January 2004:

Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in southern Louisiana just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president’s appeal in lawsuits over his handling of the administration’s energy task force.

While Scalia and Cheney are avid hunters and longtime friends, several experts in legal ethics questioned the timing of their trip and said it raised doubts about Scalia’s ability to judge the case impartially.

But Scalia rejected that concern Friday, saying, “I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned.”

And with that, the Telnaes perspective:

Microsoft Word - Exhibit 3, Editorials.doc

Oh, and for the record, John Misterly and Antonin Scalia were wonderful guys.

Simply wonderful.

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