Cleveland atty calls Justice Scalia a 'legal giant'

Cleveland atty calls Justice Scalia a 'legal giant'

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday at the age of 79.

Justice Scalia practiced law in Cleveland.

Louis A Chaiten clerked for Justice Scalia at the Supreme Court.

He issued the following statement:

Justice Scalia was a legal giant.  It was an immense honor to have spent a year of my life working closely with him as one of his clerks.  I am in complete shock about today's news.

There may be a perception among the public, from his sharp-tongued opinions, that he had an acerbic personality.  The opposite is true.  He was a kind and collegial man, whose dearest friends span the ideological spectrum.

Every time I would see the Justice he would ask, "how's Cleveland."  The Justice of course began his legal career here.  Clevelanders should be proud of that. He always spoke fondly of his time living in Cleveland Heights and working at Jones Day.  It was one of the things we discussed when I interviewed with him for a clerkship. 

He lived an incredible life.  It ended too soon.  I -- and so many people he touched -- will dearly miss him.

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