Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Justice Alito Recognizes the Futility of Originalism

Alito discussing the change in music overheard within the halls of the Supreme Court:

Alito also described change at the Supreme Court musically.

The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist favored standards and light opera. His successor, John Roberts, became the first justice to quote Bob Dylan in a Supreme Court opinion issued earlier this year, Alito said.

"In the space of a generation, we have gone from Irving Berlin to Bob Dylan," he said. "These are the evolving standards of a maturing society."

As for his own musical tastes, Alito said little, although he used song lyrics from James Taylor, Dylan and the Rolling Stones in his talk.

He conceded that as a high school student on New Year's Eve 1967, he sat at home and watched on television as Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians performed at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Alito said his parents liked the annual program.

Emphasis added. Exactly, Justice Alito! Now just carry that truth right on over to your method of statutory/constitutional interpretation...

Here's the article.

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