The newspaper U.S.A. Today did a study this week and discovered that Supreme Court Justices have one of the worst records in the nation when it comes to hiring minorities.
From a total of 428 law clerks hired over the years by the current justices, less than 2 percent were African-American.
Here's what transpired when she asked him why he wouldn't talk about his minority hiring record:
Justice Antonin Scalia: Because you're annoying me.
Stephanie Lambadakis: Well, the African-Americans who have never had a shot at being...
Scalia: They have never had a shot with me before?
Lambadakis: Have you interviewed them?
Scalia: How do you know that? How do you know that? Do you know how many have applied to me?
Lambadakis: No, those numbers are not public.
Scalia: Then you have no basis for making any statement about it. You have no basis for making any statement.
Lambadakis: Have you...
Scalia: If you do notÂ…do you know...do you know how many have applied to me?
Lambadakis: No, no one keeps statistics.
Scalia: You have no basis for making any charge against me or against any of the other members of the Court.
Lambadakis: So what should...
Scalia: That's all I have to say.
Lambadakis: What should people know about the hiring practices of the Court?
Scalia: They should know it is rigorously fair, that I hire the best and the brightest that I can find.
Lambadakis: Regardless of race?
Scalia: Of course regardless of race! Of course regardless of race!
Sorry for the inconvenience, Mr. Justice, but that does explain a lot. It really does.