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journal." guest: thank you, peter. host: we're going to go live to the supreme court in 15 minutes. and justice scalia will be laying in repose there. he's due to arrive about 9:25 issue or so. the law clerks are serving as honorary palbearers. and all day long, that casket will lie in the court. and c-span has several cameras in the court. live throughout the day so you'll be able to watch this. the public is also welcome to the supreme court, beginning at about 10:30 a.m. eastern time until 8:00 p.m. tonight. and the president is scheduled to come up to the court today, as well. and the justice's funeral will be at 11:00 tomorrow at the
basilica. that will also be live on c-span well, we've got about 15 minutes before we go over to the court. and we want to know what you think justice scalia's legacy is. republicans 748-8000 and 8002 for independents. couple of l years ago, c-span did a documentary on the supreme court and we talked to all of the justices about their roles, the court, and here's a little bit about what justice scalia told us. >> you really can't judge judges unless you know the materials they're working with. you can't say this was a good court because you like the result. it seems to you the person that deserved to win won. that's not the business judges are in. we don't sit here to make the
law, to decide who ought to win. we decide who wins under the law that the people have adopted. and very often, if you're a good judge, you don't like the result you're reaching. in this job, it's garbage in, garbage out. if it's a foolish job, you're bound to produce a foolish result. because it's not your job to decide what is foolish and what isn't. it's the job of the people across the street. so don't judge judges unless you really take the trouble to read the opinion and see what provisions of law were at issue and what they were trying to reconcile and whether they did an honest job of reconciling. and if interpreting the words of the law in a fair fashion. that's what counts. host: and about 15 minutes left before we go live to the supreme court: justice scalia, the hearse pull up, that's a live
picture taken from the u.s. capital of the supreme court looking east. and you'll see the hearse pulling up shortly. 748-8001 for republicans, 748-8000 for democrats and 748-8002 for independents. scalia saw his role as a teacher. and here's some quotes by justice scalia. founders keepers. quote, the constitution means what the people felt that it meant when they ratified it. once you identify what it meant at the time, that should be the end of the debate. and scalia strikingly simple argument never changed. should be taken at face value.
the words should not be reinterpreted. the author's intentions should not be overanalyze d. let's begin with a call from elaine in georgia. democrat, hi, elaine. >> caller: hi, i feel justice scalia was the republican justice. and he interpreted the law based on his opinion of he interpreted the constitution based on his opinion. and, you know, he wasn't a justice for everybody. and, you know, i wish all justices could be independent thinking, but, you know, the justices interpret the law based on their way of thinking. and he was a very prejudice right-wing justice. and it's, you know, president
obama's right to appoint a justice, you know, that's going to be fair to the constitution and to all people. and justice scalia was not that type of justice. host: alexis in wilmington, north carolina. caller: good morning. i called in before, actually. when i heard, i was in rehab place where i couldn't get c-span. so thank you, c-span. i'm out in the light, again. it's nice to know. i probably was 24 hours late in hearing that associate justice scalia has passed. and first thing that came to my mind was, happy birthday to ya. okay. sorry. i don't want to get off the pace. it's really, really an important time that people get out and vote. am i still on?
host: do you -- what do you think what his legacy is? caller: well, i hope i don't disingenuous in interpreting someone's commentary, but they were -- they wrote about the fourth amendment. and i haven't looked it up. i know it has to do with rights of privacy or invasion of privacy. and he was writing the dissenting view that you shouldn't swap. as much as i'm going to get it. host: all right. we're going to leave your comments. one eye on history, quote, why should i participate in the miseducation of the american people? analysis. that was scalia's take on
allowing cameras into his sacred courtroom. he was convinced the 15 to 30-second snippets shown on tv would misrepresent the hour long oral arguments. something like man bites dog, he said. since his days as a founding faculty adviser to the federalist society, a conservative legal organization, that number's about 40,000 lawyers, law students and scholars. scalia saw one of his most important roles as a teacher. he wasn't satisfied with the job he'd done teaching at two law schools at uva and the university of chicago. so he tried to teach through his opinions and appearances. in switzer, west virginia, on the republican line. good morning, faith. caller: yes, i'd like to talk about he passed on, it's time for us to think of our future. i think the people should put everyone in there, not just one
person. it's america, united states of americans, not just a government. and we should see -- that's what they're spoepzed to represent. represent us and not themselves. >> oh, thought you'd finished. sorry about that, faith. robert in georgia. independent. caller: i wanted to say that i respected justice scalia. i think he took the words as they were. he didn't believe that the constitution was living and breathing. and i just had a lot of respect for him. thank you. host: thanks for calling in. the hearse is expected to pull up curb side outside the supreme court about 9:20, 9:25. casket will be taken out of the hearse and brought to the center out of the steps, family and
friends will line both sides of the court as the casket is carried into the court. now, the justices are not expected to be outside on the steps. they'll be inside. and the supreme court police will serve as pallbearers. former law clerks are honorary pallbearers. and beginning at about 9:30 is a private ceremony. the casket is going the be placed in the great hall of the supreme court. on the lincoln. it's what held the casket for president lincoln back in 1865. it's stored in the basement of the capitol. and it's been lent to the supreme court by the u.s. congress, a 2007 portrait of justice scalia. it'll be on display in the great hall. and the public can start to get in at 10:30. they can start lining up. and the sidewalk in front of the court will be for the public.
and it'll be the visitor's entrance that they'll be entering. and that will go from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. this evening that the public can enter. gary's calling from gross point, michigan. gary, you're on the air. caller: yes, thank you for taking my call. it was an honor to have justice scalia on the court, being a republic republican. but the biggest question i have, is president obama's coming there today, but he hasn't given a reason why he won't be there tomorrow. and i didn't -- i was wondering if you could shed any more light on that. thanks. >> we do know that president biden. vice president biden and mrs. biden will be attending the funeral tomorrow. that funeral is at 11:00 a.m. at the basilica here in washington, just a few miles north of the
supreme court. almost due north of the supreme court. and that will be live on c-span at 11:00 a.m., as well. justice and mrs. scalia, marine scalia have had nine children. cliff is in flint, michigan. what do you think justice scalia's legacy is? caller: i think for a lot of americans, justice scalia was a divisive figure on the court. while he claimed to view the constitution as far as its original intent, he was always 100% behind all conservative views. and that is like saying he had already pre-judged his opinion before he heard any case. 100% of the time, justice scalia was going to decide for whatever conservative views are.
not what the constitution was. if we really looked at the constitution original intent. that means african-americans are three fifths of a human being. you cannot sit there and say i view it the way it was written. this country is not what it was when the constitution was written. it's changing, therefore a fair justice has to look at the constitution in the context of how america is now not 200 years ago when a document was written that enshrined slavery into its law. host: thank you, sir, for calling in. justice scalia was nominated in june of 1986 and confirmed 98-0 in the senate in september of 1986. you're seeing a lot of live pictures on the screen. the supreme court, sits across the street from the u.s. capitol. and that's why you're seeing the
capitol and the street that separates the supreme court from the u.s. capitol is first street northeast or southeast. and that's where you can see people lining up waiting for the hearse to arrive. 99, 98 of the former law clerks will be there. and the justice who retired to new hampshire couple of years ago will also be attending today's ceremony. so that's a view from the supreme court steps. and you can see folks lining up. here come the police. we expect the hearse to pull up in the next five to ten minutes or so. we're going to try to get one more call in before we're going to go live and watch the ceremony. you know what, let's go ahead and watch the ceremony with the police coming out.