Court Jester

This is pure awesomeness:

Last year, when law professor Joel Reidenberg wanted to show his Fordham University class how readily private information is available on the Internet, he assigned a group project. It was collecting personal information from the Web about himself.

This year, after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made public comments that seemingly may have questioned the need for more protection of private information, Reidenberg assigned the same project. Except this time Scalia was the subject, the prof explains to the ABA Journal in a telephone interview.

His class turned in a 15-page dossier that included not only Scalia’s home address, home phone number and home value, but his food and movie preferences, his wife’s personal e-mail address and photos of his grandchildren, reports Above the Law.

And, as Scalia himself made clear in a statement to Above the Law, he isn’t happy about the invasion of his privacy:

“Professor Reidenberg’s exercise is an example of perfectly legal, abominably poor judgment. Since he was not teaching a course in judgment, I presume he felt no responsibility to display any,” the justice says, among other comments.

Comments

  1. 1

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Now if we could only get this info on child rapists like Marvin the Pervert and CYNCYN!

  2. 2

    Unkl Witz spews:

    Good for Scalia… he is certainly someone who knows a fair amount about how “poor judgement” can be “perfectly legal”.

  3. 4

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    I remember when someone outed Karl Rove like this – caused that little bitch to run and hide – just like all publicans. I am really happy to see this cunt Scalia squirm!!!

  4. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Speaking of bad judgment, it was pretty damned bad judgment on Scalia’s part to go hunting with Dickless Cheney while a case involving Cheney’s energy task force was pending before the court.

    The GOPers never did tell us who was on that energy task force. All we know is that Ken Lay chaired it, California electricity prices were manipulated, and gasoline and home heating prices tripled on Cheney’s watch.

    Almost makes you think something crooked was going on!! If you enjoy being robbed by people who won’t tell you who’s robbing you, vote Republican.

  5. 8

    manoftruth spews:

    I remember when someone outed Karl Rove like this – caused that little bitch to run and hide – just like all publicans. I am really happy to see this cunt Scalia squirm!!!

    geez,thatsreally hateful,byebyegop…

    should byebye be banned?

    lets take a vote

  6. 9

    Quincy spews:

    Not too scary. Home address and phone number? There used to be a thing called a phone book. For all I know, there might still be and all y’all might be in it. Home value? That’s a public record. Food and movie preferences? Hardly something any of us is not vocal about. Email address? Half the population of Nigeria has yours already, don’t they? I have a hard time getting too worked up about this stuff. Yours anonymously,

  7. 10

    Republican teabaggers unite spews:

    I vote we ban manoftruth since he neither is a man or speaks truth.

  8. 11

    Statistics and Damn Statistics spews:

    #9 I hear what you say. It “sounds” reasonable, but do you want your neighbors being able to look up the fact that you prefer trany and gay movies (if you’re pretending to be straight)? Or other funky life issues that aren’t about legal vs illegal but a bit intrusive to your life?

    With a phone book you COULD have an unlisted number. Commonly used, especially with folks who were semi-public and didn’t want any crazy who see’s them on TV tracking them down. But you can’t just “unlist” yourself on the internet.

    But this is what I expect from anyone “in power”. Mocking privacy laws for the internet, but then being incensed when folks use those legal limits to collect information on them. So Scalia doesn’t want folks being able to research him, just the little people (everyone else). I think it was a perfectly good exercise. It IS creepy and invasive. That was the POINT.

  9. 12

    Dan Fluaitt spews:

    I have to laugh at the irony of it. Contrary to what our beloved courts think, they are not Gods. And the majority of this present court has about as much respect as our last prez…..ZERO

  10. 13

    Chagri Lama spews:

    Incredibly ironic that Scalia gets incensed about violation of his privacy while he poopoohs the same for others.

    So here we have another “Walking Ego” who thinks he is above the law, above access, above it all because he is what? Supremo? Maybe because he is so privileged?

    And he is an Ultimate Arbitrator for the US. Wow! This country is in deep dogdoodoo!