Justice Scalia Gets Ticketed in Four-Car Fender Bender
Justice Antonin Scalia had a trying day yesterday.
During oral arguments on whether to allow a huge class action against Wal-Mart Stores, he complained he was getting “whipsawed” by the arguments of the lawyer for female employees. SCOTUSblog included his comment in its oral argument coverage.
His frustrations were likely greater before arriving at court. During his drive to Washington, Scalia was ticketed, allegedly for rear-ending a car and causing a chain reaction that damaged four cars, including his own, according to the Washington Post blog The Reliable Source and the Los Angeles Times. No one was injured, but Scalia’s car had to be towed, according to the blog. The fine is $90 in all: $70 for the ticket and $20 for a special assessment.
The accident occurred on the George Washington Parkway in an area known for slow rush-hour traffic. The Reliable Source spoke with former NBC reporter Brooke Salkoff, who saw the accident and reported that Scalia was driving a shiny black BMW.
Above the Law noted Scalia’s “minimum contacts.” The blog reports that Scalia has a chambers assistant who can drive him around during the day, but he drives himself to court from his home in McLean, Va.