"Justice Scalia, the big shot, does not like reporters to turn tape recorders on when he's talking, whether that action is protected by the Constitution of the United States or not. He doesn't like it. And he doesn't permit it.This is completely in violation of our constitution and the freedon of the press. Scalia was not in some private meeting; he was speaking at the Presbyterian Christian High School, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to 300 hundred students. And people are talking about him as Chief Justice!!?? Geez, we really are on the road to fascism. Oh, and we're supposed to trust him to impartial in judging cases that deal w/ his duck hunting buddies? I don't think so. We're stuck w/ this guy as a justice until he decides to retire, but he definitely does not need more power.
'Thirty-five minutes into the speech we were approached by a woman who identified herself as a deputy U.S. marshal,' Ms. Konz told me in a telephone conversation on Friday. 'She said that we should not be recording and that she needed to have our tapes.'
In the U.S., this is a no-no. Justice Scalia and his colleagues on the court are responsible for guaranteeing such safeguards against tyranny as freedom of the press. In fact, the speech Mr. Scalia was giving at the very moment the marshal moved against the two reporters was about the importance of the Constitution."