At the end of an item earlier today, we quoted legal ethics expert Stephen Gillers opining thusly on the antics of Antonin Scalia: "As these things mount, a legitimate question could be asked about whether he is compromising the credibility of the court."
Gillers uttered those words to Newsweek -- and we quoted them here -- before either of us was aware of the latest Scalia incident. As the Boston Herald reports, the associate justice was leaving church in Boston Sunday when he was asked by a reporter whether he faces questions about his impartiality when dealing with issues of church and state.
"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia asked. Then he made what the Herald calls "an obscene gesture under his chin." In case anyone missed the meaning, the justice explained helpfully: "That's Sicilian."
Scalia's response was caught on film by a photographer for the local archdiocese newspaper, but Scalia told the photographer not to publish it.