On Tuesday morning as reported in the LA Times Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia rear-ended a disabled car on the George Washington Parkway causing a 4 car pileup. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Scalia was ultimately issued a ticket for following too closely, a ticket he can appeal. I wonder what he said to the investigating officer on the scene. I can think of some pretty good lines. “Do you know who I am?” Or, “excuse, me but can you clear this traffic and escort me to work…now”. Or, imagine if he had offered him a bribe or something. “Look, what law don’t you like and I promise to overturn it”. How about: “here’s two free tickets to oral argument in the People v. Wal-Mart.”
By the way, the Justice was on his way to the office to hear oral arguments in a class action gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart. The essential grievance here is that women have been systematically passed over for management positions. According to a report in the LA Times, 86% of managers in the 3,400 chain of stores are men and yet women account for two thirds of the Wal-Mart workforce. In addition, women are paid less on the balance. Wal-Mart countered that it is not company policy to discriminate, that managers have the discretion to promote who they want. 5 of the 6 men on the Court tend to favor Wal-Mart, while Justice Breyer and the 3 women Justices appear sympathetic to the plaintiff.
I wonder what would have happened if Scalia had missed the oral arguments due to the fender bender mishap. It would have been a 4-4 stalemate. Then what?
By the way, do you think Scalia will appeal the ticket? He could claim diplomatic immunity or something. If it were appealed to the high court, it would probably end in a 4-4 tie. A truly divided court.