Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Sotomayor wanted to beat Scalia with a baseball bat
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a plea for public civility during a speech in Minnesota — then admitted that she often wanted to bash her late conservative colleague, Antonin Scalia, over the head with a baseball bat.
“There are things he’s said on the bench where if I had a baseball bat, I might have used it,” she told a crowd at the University of Minnesota on Monday, according to The Pioneer Press.
She also seemed to mock her other colleagues on the bench during a 90-minute Q&A with students and staffers.
Asked whether she was tough on lawyers when she was a trial judge, the Bronx-born jurist said she could tolerate mistakes but not laziness or poor preparation.
“I think I suffer fools easily — you know where I sit, right?” she quipped.
Still, Sotomayor, 62, also had nice things to say about Scalia, comparing his death in February to losing a family member, despite their disagreements on issues before the court.
“If we’ve lost anything, it’s remembering that differences don’t stand, necessarily, on ill will,” she said. “If you keep that in mind, you can resolve almost any issue, because you can find that common ground to interact with each other.”