Scalia's View Prevails in Gun-Crimes Case

Opinion isn't consistent with his gay-marriage views.

Putsch, or no?

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Justice Antonin Scalia thinks that finding a right to gay marriage in the due process clause of the Constitution amounts to a “judicial Putsch.” But on the very same day the gay-rights opinion was announced, Scalia showed what he thinks the due process clause is actually for. He wrote the opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the clause of the federal law that increases the punishment for felons found in possession of a gun if they have been convicted of three or more violent felonies. The law defines a violent felony as one that “involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.” This language, Scalia found, is unconstitutionally vague -- and therefore violates due process.

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