Scalia: No 'falling out' with Roberts after health ruling
Justice Antonin Scalia says there is no bad blood between him and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Scalia's comments came in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan that aired last night and just three weeks after Roberts sided with the more liberal jurists on the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's landmark health care law.
"You shouldn't believe what you read about the court in the newspapers," Scalia told Morgan. "No, I haven't had a falling out with Justice Roberts."
Jan Crawford of CBS News reported after the court's split decision upholding the Affordable Care Act that discord at the court was "deep and personal." The dissenters' anger was directed at Roberts, who, according to the unnamed sources that Crawford based her report on, voted with the court's more liberal members after initially siding with the court's conservative wing to strike down the individual mandate.
"There are clashes on legal questions but not personally," Scalia added about interactions among the court's justices.
Scalia, who was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, also defended his decision in the landmark Bush v. Gore case that sealed the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush. Scalia called on his critics to "Get over it."
Scalia said that the case is the one that critics bring up to him most frequently. Even if the court had ruled in favor of Al Gore, the former vice president would have lost anyway during the Florida recount process, argued Scalia, citing press investigations that were conducted after the court's decision.
He also justified the court's decision on the Citizens United case, which allowed corporate and labor groups to spend freely on advertising advocating for or against political candidates.