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A memorable afternoon with Justice Scalia

Justice Scalia will see you now, the secretary said.

I entered Scalia's Supreme Court chamber nervously and stretched out my hand to the small man coming round his desk to greet me.

I was there to interview Scalia for my biography of Justice Clarence Thomas, but I will always remember the encounter for what I learned about the court's most loquacious justice, who died Saturday at the age of 79.

The man I spent an hour with was nothing like the bully who struck fear into the hearts of lawyers that appeared before him in oral arguments. Indeed, one-on-one with me, he was downright meek.

Read about my memorable afternoon with Justice Scalia here.

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Ken Foskett has been an AJC reporter and editor since 1989 and is the Senior Editor/Investigations.