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Scalia Apologizes to Reporters
Monday, April 12, 2004

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (search) has apologized for an incident last week in which a U.S. marshal erased reporters' recordings of a speech Scalia gave to high school students.

"I have written to the reporters involved, extending my apology," Scalia said in a letter to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (search).

Scalia normally bars television cameras from his appearances, but his policy on the use of small audio recorders has not been clear-cut. Newspaper and other print reporters typically use the devices to ensure the accuracy of quotations but not to record speeches or other remarks for broadcast.

Scalia's April 9 letter said he is "undertaking to revise my policy so as to permit recording for use of the print media." The letter arrived Monday, Reporters Committee Executive Director Lucy Dalglish said.

During the April 7 speech in Hattiesburg, Miss. (search), a deputy federal marshal demanded that reporters for The Associated Press and the Hattiesburg American erase recordings of the justice's remarks. She said the justice had asked that his appearance not be recorded.

When the AP reporter resisted, the officer took the digital recorder out of the reporter's hands. The reporter then showed Marshal Melanie Rube how to erase the recording. The exchange occurred in the front row of the auditorium while Scalia delivered his speech about the Constitution.

© AP