Above The Law: Fordham Law School's Dossier on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
By Kashmir Mandolin Hill
A professor of information privacy law at Fordham University gave his students an unorthodox assignment: Invade the privacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The assignment was inspired by remarks Justice Scalia had made in January regarding the privacy of personal information online. Considering every fact about someone's life private is "extraordinary," he had said, noting that data such as addresses have long been publicly available, even if technology has made them easier to find. "Every single datum about my life is private? That's silly," Scalia said at the time, making an exception only for medical records and drug prescriptions.
Over the course of the four-month semester, the Fordham Law students compiled a 15-page dossier on Justice Scalia, including his home address, the value of his home, the movies he likes, his food preferences, his wife's personal e-mail address, and "photos of his lovely grandchildren."
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Justice Antonin Scalia responded to an inquiry about the dossier. He thinks it was irresponsible for the class to invade his privacy, but perfectly legal.
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