Testifying before a Senate committee Wednesday, Scalia blamed Congress for making federal crimes out of too many routine drug cases. In turn, that created a need for more judges.
“Federal judges ain’t what they used to be,” he said during a rare appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee..
The federal judiciary should be an elite group, said Scalia, who has served on the high court for 25 years. “It’s not as elite as it used to be,” he said.
He was responding to a question about what he sees as the greatest threat to the independence of judges.
Scalia sees the proliferation of federal drug laws, not as a problem for the many people prosecuted and convicted under them, which of course contributes the the US being the “prison nation” it has become during his tenure.
No, the problem is that such laws and such people are not worth the federal judiciary’s time because federal judges are too “elite” for that kind of thing. Or should be. Or used to be.
Does insularity breed this kind of thing, or is he just like this?
I could relate this to the whole Occupy Wall Street thing, but you know, why bother? It doesn’t need to be said for the people who are reading, and the people who need to hear it aren’t reading.