(Hat tip to skippy for the title of this post.)

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaking in Warrensburg, Missouri on March 4, 2008.

Scalia tells FAU student: ‘That’s a nasty, impolite question.’

Brian Haas | South Florida Sun Sentinel

7:53 PM EST, February 3, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH – In a room filled with some of Palm Beach County’s most powerful people, it took a 20-year-old political science student to throw off U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday afternoon.

Student Sarah Jeck stood in front of 750 people and asked Scalia why cameras are not allowed in the U.S. Supreme Court even though the court hearings are open, transcripts are available and the court’s justices are open enough to go “out on book tours.” Scalia was at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in part to do a book signing and wasn’t happy at the question.

“Read the next question,” Scalia replied. “That’s a nasty, impolite question…”

“Ask me no more questions, I’ll tell you no more lies…”

He doesn’t like to answer some questions. Almost a year ago, on March 4, 2008:

[What disadvantages do you see in the increasing scope of executive power under the Bush administration?]

[sound: Pppfff] [laughter] What’s the next question? [laughter]

[In your view what is the appropriate level of senatorial review of Supreme Court nominees?]

…I think they’re entitled to ask whatever they want. And I think the nominee is entitled not to answer as much as he thinks he can get away with. I didn’t answer anything. [laughter, applause]…