September 18, 2012
Is Originalism Hitting Its Sell-By Date? "October 1 may be the first day of the post-Scalia era."
Baltimore Law prof Garrett Epps thinks Justice Scalia may becoming a solid vote on SCOTUS -- "sort of a Clearence Thomas who talks." Solid votes do not influence other justices, something Scalia once did.
At 76, Scalia may have legacy on his mind. That might explain the massive new book he has just published with Bryan Garner, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, which proposes nothing less than a Unified Field Theory of legal interpretation. It might explain the overblown publicity offensive of the summer (Piers Morgan, for heaven's sake? Was Rachael Ray not available?), reprising greatest hits like the ever-popular "Get over it!" It might explain his eagerness to tell the world that he holds no grudge against Roberts for saving the PPACA.
For much more, see Epps' Does Antonin Scalia Still Matter?
Watch for Scalia (and Garner's) Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts becoming a regular "Deal of the Day" feature on WestMart. After the buzz dies down for this "groundbreaking book" yadda yadda, I'm thinking the marketing pitch will be...
Reading Law is a collectible because it is the last traditional legal treatise published by Thomson Reuters.