WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is downplaying reports of discord among the justices following last month’s decision to uphold President Obama’s health care overhaul.

Scalia said in an interview Thursday that he and his colleagues disagree over cases all the time “without taking it personally.”

The justice refused to discuss recent reports from CBS News that Chief Justice John Roberts changed his vote in the health care case and provoked hard feelings among his fellow conservatives who thought Roberts would side with them to strike down the law.

“I was out of the country for who struck whom. It’s terrible stuff. I’m not going to play any part in the recounting of it,” Scalia said during a 40-minute interview.

President Ronald Reagan named the 76-year-old Scalia to the high court in 1986, making him the longest-serving justice.

 


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