WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh) ended his 26th year on the Supreme Court with a string of losses in the term's biggest cases and criticism that he crossed a line from judging to politics.
Scalia's willingness to do battle with those on the other side of an issue has long made him a magnet for critics. But some of his recent remarks stood out in the eyes of court observers.
His dissent in the Arizona immigration case contained a harsh assessment of the Obama administration's immigration policy and prompted a public rebuke from a fellow Republican-appointed judge.
Scalia's aggressive demeanor during argument sessions even earned him some gentle teasing from his closest personal friend on the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.