Jan 21, 2013

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Scalia The Originalist: His Skullcap is a Replica of the One Sir Thomas More Wore

University of Richmond LawProf Kevin Walsh writes:

The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.



I kinda see the resemblance.

H/T Michelle Olson

Update: Walsh talks to ABC News:

To find that answer, ABC’s Sarah Parnass spoke with Scalia’s former clerk, Kevin Walsh.

Walsh, who now teaches at University of Richmond School of Law, said the association of Catholic lawyers to which he belongs, St. Thomas More Society of Richmond Va., presented Scalia with the hat in 2010.

The hat is a replica of one worn by St. Thomas More in his most iconic portrait, done by Hans Holbein, according to Walsh.

When giving Justice Scalia the hat, the members of the St. Thomas More Society thought it would be a nice memento. “If nothing else it would be suitable for university functions,” Scalia said.

Walsh said the significance of Scalia’s wearing the hat likely doesn’t go beyond function. In the past, Scalia has worn a skull cap, much like the one Justice Breyer sported today. But the skull cap doesn’t have earflaps – the More hat does.

“That one’s warmer,” Walsh said, comparing the hat Scalia wore today with the one he wore to the 2009 inauguration. “I’d say it’s more functional.”

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  • I love what Justice Scalia did and very much like this post and explanation. Up to my Facebook it is going to go.

    • doug

      That’s a shame. He’s not a good man.

  • Doug

    Whatever hat Scalia chooses, it’s the hat of a traitor to American progressivism. Period

    • WJT

      Cool! When “American progressivism” has descended to supporting baby-killing and moral degeneracy, every right-thinking person ought to be a “traitor” to such nonsense.

  • Larraine Leonard

    How sad to see how a mere hat (and it being the likeness of the hat of a Saint ) being used to scare the weak minded masses !!!!

  • jbrown

    thomas moore was a murderer,he had a torture chamber in his basement and sent “heritics”to be burned to death,someone to look up to??

  • Artisticfame

    Did not the Nazi judges wear a black hat such as this to pronounce a death sentence?