Supreme Court doesn't need another Scalia

Antonin Scalia is regarded by Republicans as the patron saint of conservative jurisprudence. Before the Senate anoints yet another conservative Catholic of Scalia's ilk to the Supreme Court, it should be remembered that he was instrumental in the decision that held that an accurate count of the votes in Florida was not necessary and summarily appointed George W. Bush our 43rd president. He also led the majority in Citizens United, which declared that money was equivalent to free speech and that there should be no limits on the amount of corporate money flowing into political campaigns.

The current, conservative majority court has consistently ruled in favor of corporate power over that of the individual, apparently adopting Scalia's belief that "cost-benefit analysis" was an instrumental factor in court decisions. Normally reserved for CFOs and CPAs, this seems a most bizarre take on the application of "justice." What the court really needs is a breath fresh air, not another Scalia.

Robert Porath, Boulder



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