"JUSTICE ANTONIN Scalia is not known as the Supreme Court's leading civil libertarian. His judicial philosophy -- which puts primacy on the Constitution's actual text -- often leads him to view constitutional rights narrowly. But that same doctrinal fundamentalism has another side: a fierce unwillingness to water down those protections that he finds in the Bill of Rights. That insistence lies at the core of an important opinion he penned last week on behalf of six of his colleagues, throwing out the conviction of Michael Crawford. The opinion -- which overturns a 1980 decision limiting the Sixth Amendment right of criminal defendants to confront their accusers in court -- presents an attractive vision of a Sixth Amendment that rigorously lives up to the rights it promises."
My comments about this can be found in this post.