EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Supreme Court Justice reflects on Justice Scalia’s death

LANSING, MI (WLNS)- The death of Justice Scalia hit very close to home for one member of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen served as a Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia twenty one years ago.

In an exclusive sit down interview in Lansing, Justice Larsen shares her memories and thoughts on the respected Justice Scalia.

Fair, detail oriented, with a tremendous knowledge of constitutional law, this is how Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen remembers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I think his presence will certainly be missed” Justice Larsen said.

Justice Larsen clerked under Justice Scalia for the October 1994-95 session.

“It was intimidating because I think he is rightly acknowledged as one of the greatest legal minds of our, our era.” Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen said.

“It was also inspiring because, he had a commitment to getting the cases right. He had a commitment to reading the law faithfully and applying the law as written.” Justice Larsen said.

According to Justice Larsen, in the courtroom Scalia was well-liked by both sides, and committed to doing what was right.

“All parts of the, what you might call ideological divides recognize that it’s going to be almost impossible to replace him.” Larsen said.

While Justice Scalia was dedicated to the profession, according to Larsen some of her fondest memories are of his Italian ways.

“He used to take us to eat at his favorite Italian restaurant. A.V. Ristorante Italiano. And he would order a pizza with extra anchovies.” Justice Larsen said with a large smile.

With emotion, Justice Larsen states Scalia’s legacy will continue to live on, because in her eyes there’s no better role model than Justice Scalia.

“It’s mighty big shoes to emulate; I don’t think I could be half the justice that he is. That he was. Both with the force of his personality, and his intellect.” Larsen said.

According to Larsen, the biggest compliment she ever received was after her appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court and Justice Scalia himself was able refer to her as Justice Larsen.


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