Sunday, April 02, 2006

Who Are the Thugs and Dead Enders?\

Scalia gestures to the press, America and the world at large.

This man is a disgrace to the bench. He has blatently ignored conflict of interest guidelines and even gone hunting with Cheney while considering a case against him. Naturally Scalia ruled that Cheney did NOT have to disclose the names of the oil executives who met with him prior to the invasion of Iraq.

Indeed in the land of the free and home of the brave, the reporter who took this photograph of the charming mr. scalia, was fired.

" A freelance photographer has been fired by the Archdiocese of Boston’s newspaper for releasing a picture of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia making a controversial gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday.

Scalia’s flick-off

...the Herald ran his photo on its front page. Smith said he has no regrets about releasing it.

“I did the right thing. I did the ethical thing,” said Smith, 51, an assistant photojournalism professor at Boston University.

Smith snapped the photo of Scalia flicking his hand under his chin after a Herald reporter asked the conservative jurist his response to people who question his impartiality on matters of church and state.

Smith wouldn’t give up the photo earlier this week but chose to release it when he learned Scalia said his gesture had been incorrectly characterized by the Herald. Smith, who was standing in front of the judge, said the Herald “got the story right.”

Smith said the Pilot had an obligation at that point “to bring some clarity to it.”

“I felt that same obligation,” Smith said. “I had to say what I knew and come forward with it..”
The weekly Catholic newspaper made a “journalistic decision” not to run or release the photo, said Archdiocese spokesman Terry Donilon. “Because he breached that trust with the editor, we will no longer engage his services as a freelance photographer,” Donilon said.

... While news outlets from across the country sought Smith’s photo yesterday, the archdiocese said there’s no proof that Scalia uttered an obsenity in the church. Smith said Scalia said, “To my critics, I say, ‘Vaffanculo,’ ” while making the gesture. That’s Italian for (expletive) you. "[continue]


Scalia operates above the law with the same impunity afforded the placed president, clearly
a selective system where the laws of the land only apply to those in opposition to the seated power.


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