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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Scalia on cameras, retirement and the 'brave new world'

By Robert Barnes

Supreme Court justices sometimes give the impression they are almost aggressively technology-averse, stumbling over the features of the V-chip or being stumped by instant messaging.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer told an audience at Vanderbilt Law School this week that one of the challenges of his job was the modern age of communications. "If I'm applying the First Amendment, I have to apply it to a world where there's an Internet, and there's Facebook, and there are movies like ... "The Social Network," which I couldn't even understand," Breyer said, referring to the film about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

But maybe the justices know more than they let on.

Justice Antonin Scalia told an adoring audience at the Federalist Society convention Thursday night that he not only had an iPod, but does his own downloading. Mostly classical and opera, he said in response to CBS correspondent Jan Crawford, who was interviewing him at the group's massive black-tie dinner.

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By Robert Barnes  | November 19, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
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