Randy Koschnick: Judicial conservatives are much more likely to engage in strict constructionism, on the order of Antonin Scalia ...
Antonin Scalia: I am not a strict constructionist and no-one ought to be. . . . [Strict constructionism is] a degraded form of textualism that brings the whole philosophy into disrepute.
Randy Koschnick: I think it's also appropriate if you get into the analysis of ambiguous portions [of legislation] to look at the history behind that particular provision and to try to determine what the authors were trying to accomplish.
Antonin Scalia: On balance, [legislative history] has facilitated rather than deterred decisions that are based upon the courts’ policy preferences, rather than neutral principles of law.
"I caution you, his rhetoric does not match his conduct."
— Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson