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"Justice Scalia has distinguished himself by his 'originalist' approach to constitutional interpretation," Bachmann said.
Bloomberg News said the fact a Supreme Court justice would speak before such a highly partisan group has raised eyebrows among judicial ethicists.
"It certainly adds to the politicization of issues surrounding the judiciary," said University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, who served as George W. Bush's chief ethics officer. "When a highly publicized case comes along, it does not help the Supreme Court for the justices to appear aligned one with one party or the other."
But Chapman University law professor Ronald Rotunda told Bloomberg that Scalia's speech shouldn't be a concern if his subject matter isn't overly political.
"Justices are allowed to give speeches on the law and legal reform," Rotunda pointed out.
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