Puppet Scalia says "argle-bargle" in awesome video

A now-famous line from the justice's DOMA dissent slammed the Court's "legalistic argle-bargle"

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 23, 2013 5:50PM (EDT)

Professor Kyle Graham, a criminal procedure scholar at Santa Clara Law, for some reason decided that the world needed a puppet version of Antonin Scalia saying his now-famous turn-of-phrase, "argle-bargle." And he was right.

Here is the awesome but all too brief video:

The quote comes from Scalia's dissent from the Supreme Court's recent decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, in which he decried the majority opinion as "legalistic argle-bargle."

"It takes real cheek for today’s majority to assure us, as it is going out the door, that a constitutional requirement to give formal recognition to same-sex marriage is not at issue here — when what has preceded that assurance is a lecture on how superior the majority’s moral judgment in favor of same-sex marriage is to the Congress’s hateful moral judgment against it," he wrote. "I promise you this: The only thing that will 'confine' the Court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with."

Via the Wall Street Journal.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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