Justice Scalia continues to amaze me. I always thought of him as a right wing conservative curmudgeon. I found it interesting that before his death he had expressed some changes he'd like to see come to the court and I think his suggestions have merit.
1) The court today is too similar, giving the court the insular quality of a private club or a faculty lounge.
To be sure there is some diversity, it has three women, one of whom is Hispanic. It also has an African American member.
2) Before the death of Justice Scalia there were nine successful lawyers who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School, all of them.
3) There were three Jews and six Catholics on the court.
4) Four of the nine justices are natives of New York City. "Indeed, every borough but Staten Island was represented. Justice Scalia was from Queens, Justice Ginsburg is from Brooklyn, Justice Kagan is from Manhattan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor is from the Bronx."
5) "Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast States. Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., is from Indiana. Not a single Southwesterner or a genuine Westerner (California does not count) he said. Justice Kennedy was born in Sacramento and Justice Breyer in San Francisco."
It will be interesting to watch as President Obama makes his selection for a new Supreme Court Justice.