n. The quality or state of being like former United States Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
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In fact, Gorsuch was ranked highest in a Scalia-ness scale recently created by legal scholars and was deemed the deceased jurist’s “natural successor.” Scalia-ness in this case manifests in three things—adherence to originalist principles of interpretation, writing about how to consider the law beyond just legal issues, and issuing separate opinions to elucidate a personal position.
Of the three names reported to be at the top of Mr. Trump’s list, Judge Pryor scored the highest on a test of likely “Scalia-ness,” followed closely by Judge Neil Gorsuch, with Judge Thomas Hardiman trailing behind.
—Alex Swayer, “Trump short list rated on ‘Scalia-ness’ for the bench,” The Washington Times, January 26, 2017
Measuring (or operationalizing) what made Justice Scalia who he was as a jurist is no easy task. Nor is it without controversy. Despite various possibilities, this study attempts to measure Scalia-ness in three ways.
—Jeremy Kidd, et al., “Searching for Justice Scalia: Measuring the 'Scalia-ness' of the Next Potential Member of the U.S. Supreme Court,” Social Science Research Network, November 30, 2016
2013 (earliest)
Wait I agree with Scalia? … My head hurts. Better go smile at a puppy to rid myself of Scalia-ness.
—Timothy Peacock, “Wait I agree…,” Twitter, June 03, 2013
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