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Antonin Scalia is best known as an Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed in 1986 by Ronald Reagan.
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He has strived to limit the right to an abortion, rejecting the notion that his position is religiously motivated, stressing that the issue should be decided in the legislature. He makes no apology to the accusation that his role in the case of Bush v. Gore handed the 2000 election to George W. Bush,
telling critics it was the right thing to do. He also has confounded many Court observers by his recusal record where he withdrew from cases whose topic would interest him, such as the Pledge of Allegiance case of Elk Grove v. Newdow, but refused to when there was a suspected conflict interest as in the case of Cheney v. US District Court for DC, even though he had a close personal relationship with then-Vice-president Dick Cheney.
Justice Antonin Scalia is characterized as the intellectual anchor of the court’s conservative majority. In his quarter century on the court he has become a political celebrity, especially with socially and politically conservative groups. While he has expressed frustration in the past over other justices who don’t adhere to his way of thinking, he has and will continue to make an impression on the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts.
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