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Secondhand Read On Scalia

I’m getting a lot of e-mails from people worried about Scalia’s orgy comment. My guess is it was sarcasm of some sort that went over everyone’s head. As one person familiar with the justice and his personality noted this morning: “To paraphrase Justice Scalia in MCI v. AT&T, there is such a thing as sarcasm. ” [Ref: “It might be good English to say that the French Revolution ‘modified’ the status of the French nobility — but only because there is a figure of speech called understatement and a literary device known as sarcasm.” MCI v AT&T, 512 US 218 (1994). ]

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