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Part of freedom is wearing interesting hats, says Scalia

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab,Lucy Westcott

Sure, he talked about meatier issues too, but on Tuesday night Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia also settled the case of -- what the heck was that hat?

"Wearing whatever hat you want is part of the freedom of justice," Scalia said, referring of course to his black inauguration cap. His hat was a replica of Lord Chancellor of England Thomas More's hat worn in a portrait from 1527 and was a gift from the Thomas More Society. "I'm ashamed you didn't recognize it," Scalia told NPR's Nina Totenberg, who was interviewing him for the Smithsonian Associates event.

Scalia also discussed another justice who liked to wear interesting hats -- the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. "I always thought he should have worn a chain," Scalia remarked.

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