Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Antonin Scalia became an influential member of the Supreme Court because of his creative and outspoken opinions. However, as subsequent chapters of this book will discuss in greater detail, his judicial behavior also served to prevent the attainment of political conservatives' goals for the Supreme Court during their modern moment of opportunity for reversing the decisional trends established during the liberal Warren Court era. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce Justice Scalia by providing a general overview of the central themes that compose his judicial philosophy and that motivate his decision making as a justice on the Supreme Court. This presentation is intended merely as a general description of Scalia's philosophy and decisions. Because the central focus of the book is on the reactions to, and consequences of, Scalia's judicial behavior within the Supreme Court, this chapter does not purport to provide an exhaustive analysis of Scalia's judicial philosophy. Instead, it provides a basis for understanding Scalia's role and influence in the judicial politics of Supreme Court decision making.