Youngest Abuse Victims Get Say in Court

But Supreme Court ruling reveals a rift between conservative justices.

Inside, there's a conservative split.

Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court just made it much easier to prosecute child abusers. In principle, that’s a good thing. But it came at the expense of weakening the constitutional right to confront your accuser in court -- and that’s unfortunate. In a fascinating twist, the court’s aggressive opinion, by Justice Samuel Alito, brought out the ire of Justice Antonin Scalia, revealing the growing split between the old-line conservative and his younger counterpart, the man who was once humorously nicknamed “Scalito.”

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