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Fair Use? Tell That to the Judge


Justice Antonin Scalia (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The latest legal snit: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia v. a Fordham University law class.

Last year, law professor Joel Reidenberg told his students to find his personal data on the Internet to teach them privacy laws. This year, the professor assigned the same project about Scalia after the justice said he wasn't that worried about digital privacy. The class turned in a 15-page report with Scalia's home address, phone number, house value, favorite foods and movies, wife's personal e-mail and photos of his grandchildren, reports the legal tabloid Above the Law.

Scalia was not pleased, even though the report was not published outside the classroom. "It is not a rare phenomenon that what is legal may also be quite irresponsible. ... Since he was not teaching a course in judgment, I presume he felt no responsibility to display any," Scalia told ATL.

No offense intended, the prof told ABA Journal, just a valuable class exercise.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 5, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
 
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Above the Law isn't a tabloid, ladies - it's a legal blog. Were you trying to be offensive?

Posted by: ladylily | May 5, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

No, ma'am -- that's what they call themselves.

Posted by: The Reliable Source | May 5, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Scalia is a fool if he isn't concerned about his and his family's digital privacy. I'm sure identity thieves are really concerned about irresponsibility.

Posted by: LittleRed1 | May 5, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Photos of Scalia's grandchildren and his wife's personal e-mail address? That's beyond the pale.

I hope Scalia file a complaint against the professor with the bar association.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | May 5, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

But, according to the article, Scalia said he wasn't that worried about digital privacy.

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | May 5, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

***Photos of Scalia's grandchildren and his wife's personal e-mail address? That's beyond the pale.

I hope Scalia file a complaint against the professor with the bar association.

Posted by: WashingtonDame***

uh, reading comprehension issues? the information was obtained via the internet. and as long as fat tony wasn't the subject, he had no problem with privacy issues. heh.

Posted by: mycomment | May 5, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Scalia's objection shows how detached from reality he is.

He's a smart guy--isn't the answer "as a judge, I can't do anything about this unless Congress or states pass laws ensuring digital privacy"? That's his approach in pretty much every other case . . .

Posted by: ah___ | May 6, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Serves him right. Scalia is a fraud and a miserable excuse for a Supreme Court Justice. It is therefore not suprising that he doesn't care about digital privacy until his own information is "outed." Then he gets his panties in a bunch.

Posted by: sonny2 | May 6, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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