In Skilling v. United States, Scalia “continue[s] to doubt” Facial Challenges

June 24th, 2010

In Skilling v. United States, Justice Scalia has some haughty criticisms of the power of the Courts to strike down a statute:

I continue to doubt whether “striking down” a statute is ever an appropriate exercise of our Article III power. See Chicago v. Morales, 527 U. S. 41, 77 (1999) (SCALIA, J., dissenting).

I’m glad that doubt didn’t stop him from voting to strike down federal statutes in Citizens United, Comstock, Stevens, and McDonald. And those are just from this term.

Update: I misread this passage, and in context, Scalia is just expressing doubt about facial challenges. H/T to Chris Green on facebook for righting my wrongs.