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Scalia: high court confirmation process too politicized

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [OYEZ profile] commented Monday that the Supreme Court confirmation process was too politicized and that he would not want to experience it again. Scalia, when asked during an interview [transcript, with recorded video] on NBC's "Today" program if he thought he could again be confirmed by the Senate, said "I don't know. I wouldn't want to go through it today, I'll tell you that much." Scalia spoke favorably of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, calling her the "social glue of the court." Scalia also expressed opposition to proposals that Supreme Court proceedings be televised, saying that this could lead to people's legal problems becoming entertainment. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation [bill summary] last month that would permit Supreme Court sessions to be televised. AP has more.

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