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National Lawyers Guild Calls For Scalia To Recuse Himself On Torture

When I read Antonin's statements to the BBC about torture I was appalled. Justice Antonin Scalia told the BBC that “smacking someone in the face”

When I read Antonin's statements to the BBC about torture I was appalled.

Justice Antonin Scalia told the BBC that “smacking someone in the face” could be justified if there was an imminent threat. “You can’t come in smugly and with great self satisfaction and say ‘Oh it’s torture, and therefore it’s no good’,” he said in a rare interview. He also accused Europe of being self-righteous over the death penalty.

I'm glad to see that the NLG is just as sickened as I am.

The National Lawyers Guild calls on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself from any case coming before the Supreme Court involving the constitutionality of torture as an interrogation technique. In a BBC interview that aired on Tuesday, Scalia defended the use of torture to extract information from persons in custody by law enforcement officials in some cases. Although no case involving the use of torture is currently before the Court, recent events suggest that such a case may be forthcoming.

Guild President Marjorie Cohn said: “The Guild is appalled that a sitting Justice of the United States Supreme Court has ventured in a public forum his belief that it is justifiable to attempt to extract information from persons in custody by the use of torture. A justice of the highest court in the land, sworn to uphold the Constitution, whose views so undermine the fundamental right of security of the person guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, is unfit to sit on that Court.”...read on

UPDATE: via Think Progress: "The AP notes six other occasions in which Scalia’s comments have prompted calls for his recusal"

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