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July 18th, 2012
07:54 PM ET

Justice Antonin Scalia on SuperPACS vs. the First Amendment: “You can’t separate speech from the money that facilitates the speech.”

Tonight at 9 p.m. Piers Morgan is invited inside the Supreme Court for a rare and candid visit with Justice Antonin Scalia.

In an exclusive interview from Washington, D.C., the Court's longest-serving justice touches upon topics ranging from religion to politics, explaining the thinking which allows him to arrive at his legal decisions.

The "Piers Morgan Tonight" host asks the self-described textualist if he believes Founding Father Thomas Jefferson would deem today's excessive political contributions to be abusive, and against the fundamental tenants of the Constitution:

“No, I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better,” quips Scalia, referring to the first amendment. “That’s what the first amendment is all about. So long as the people know where the speech is coming from.”

When Morgan clarifies, insisting his question refers not to speech, but instead to campaign financing and SuperPACS, Scalia surmises that the line is blurred:

“You can’t separate speech from the money that facilitates the speech.”

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening as the man who was appointed by Ronald Reagan is joined by Professor Bryan A. Garner, Scalia's co-author of the new book, "Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts."
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  1. Debie Ramirez

    Has a pitbull lover,mr.vick was told my the courts as part of his parole he could NEVER own another DOG..He heeds to tell his kids why they can;t have a dog(god) backward.Have them understand or even better show them the viedos of what dad use to enjoy and support.Then they may understand why NO DOGS....Debie

    July 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mark

    Pierce, let the Justice finish his answer. All you seem to care about is having your question asked. Those of us watching would like to hear the answers!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. caroline

    Piers is brilliant with Scalia. High fives and cheers to Piers.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bryan Bell

      I hope you are right, but it looked to me that when it came to campaign financing by corporations, he let Scalia skate around the issue with his 'Why not corporate money?", statement.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. r b

    On Chief Justice Scalia interview: Finally, television worth watching. Among thousands and thousands of hours of inane nonsense, you have finally cut into something worth dissecting. Good on you for choosing to create and disseminate something actually worth one's time. The best hour I have seen, and the first time ever in over 40 years I have commented on your content.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Binky

    Great job Piers! Not sure a Justice should do interviews on CNN? Glad that a Brit did the interview. No holds barred!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Vick Barker

    You're interviewing a sitting member of the U.S. Supreme Court, and you're asking him about his speeding tickets and guilty pleasures! Clearly you're with a mental giant much, much larger, than yourself, and have no place to go!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      This "mental Giant" as you call him, is one of the primary agents in the destruction of our democracy.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mario

    that is crap there is no justce isn't it ? scalia you are a clown

    July 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kathi Pozzi, Portland OR

    Piers! FINALLY you have an intelligent interesting fascinating guest who is well educated, gracious, intense and knowledgeable and you are a complete embarrassment! You'd think you would at least have had some rehearsal and background knowledge to help you from looking like such a buffoon! OMG! What an incompetent tonight! How're your ratings lately?...KMP...PDX, OR

    July 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Rowen

    Chief Justice Scalia's decisions reflect why the morality and lack of compassion exists today. Money rules is his master.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Lester

    How great when this Rottweiler is off the Supreme Court. The most biased appointee ever to sit. God help the U.S.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 19, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JP

    Piers was incredibly overmatched, if CNN wants to conduct another intervieew with Justice Scalia, I suggest they find someone much smarter.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      Totally agree. Morgan needs to stick to interviewing Hollywood idiots and leave the scholarly interviews to those who actually prepare for an interview.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. David in Berlin

    It is disappointing and frightening that programs like Morgan´s try to give pedjudiced, compassionless ideologues like Scalia and Bachman credibility.
    I have stopped watching...

    July 19, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Alex

    Piers was horribly unprepared to interview a Justice of the Supreme Court. He should be embarassed, as I was embarassed for him just to watch... Scalia did a good job of not making him look like a complete idiot. Big loss of respect for Morgan after this....

    July 19, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Noor

    I actually watched this interview twice, only to learn that Morgan tried his very best to serve his liberal agenda and audience. Scalia was brilliant and I loved how he left Morgan without a thought to respond with on the issue of abortion and the Framers, especially when Scalia responded with "those men didn't care for their wives and daughters? As a, woman, I totally appreciated this.
    So much could have come from this interview, but instead Morgan further devalued his own show and proved his inability to truly do justice to intelligent reporting. Where have the intelligent reporters gone?

    July 23, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
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