The LA Times, the New York Times and others take issue with a US Marshal erasing reporters’ digital recordings of a speech by Justice Scalia at a high school. The fact this was done is offensive in and of itself. Yet as the LA Times notes, “Alone among the justices, Scalia forbids television cameras when he speaks in public, and he usually tries to clear the room of reporters. He strictly insists, usually in advance, that his words not be recorded.”
Granted, Supreme Court justices do not hold elected office. The fact remains, though, they are public officials and public servants. Why should Scalia be able to declare his public appearances “off limits”? Seems the press should have been raising a stink about this for some time.