Justice of Contradictions

Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption

Richard L. Hasen

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March 20, 2018
224 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
3 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300228649
Hardcover

Engaging, but caustic and openly ideological, Antonin Scalia was among the most influential justices to serve on the United States Supreme Court in generations. In this fascinating new book, legal scholar Richard L. Hasen assesses Scalia’s complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptive public intellectual.
 
The left saw Scalia as an unscrupulous foe who amplified his judicial role with scathing dissents and outrageous public comments. The right viewed him as a rare, principled justice committed to neutral tools of constitutional and statutory interpretation. Hasen provides a more nuanced perspective, demonstrating how Scalia was crucial to reshaping jurisprudence on issues from abortion to gun rights to separation of powers. A jumble of contradictions, Scalia promised neutral tools to legitimize the Supreme Court, but his jurisprudence and confrontational style moved the Court to the right, alienated potential allies, and helped to delegitimize the institution he was trying to save.

Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. He lives in Studio City, CA.

"Like a Scalia opinion, The Justice of Contradictions is superbly written, filled with brilliant insights and unsparing in its analysis. Both liberals and conservatives will see Scalia and his legacy in a new and more illuminating light."—Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America