In his first public comment since the U.S. Supreme Court’s health care decision, Justice Antonin Scalia denied reports that he and Chief Justice John Roberts feuded over the June 28 ruling.
Scalia was speaking with CNN’s Piers Morgan about his new book about judicial interpretation when Morgan asked him about the rumor that he and other conservatives were furious at Roberts and had accused him of switching his vote.
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law, specifically the provision that requires individuals to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
In a brief clip aired on CNN Wednesday, Morgan said, “The big buzz at the moment is that you and Justice Roberts have had a bit of a parting of the ways, you've gone from being best buddies to warring enemies.”
Scalia replied, “Who told you that?”
Morgan told the justice he had read about their disagreement in newspapers.
Scalia, laughing, said, “You should not believe what you read about the court in the newspapers. Because the information has either been made up or given to the newspapers by somebody who is violating a confidence, which means that person is not reliable.”
“So you've had no falling out with Justice Roberts?” Morgan asked.
Scalia said they hadn’t.
“Loud words exchanged? Slamming of doors?” Morgan persisted.
“No, no,” Scalia said. “Nothing like that.”
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