Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court frequently invite famous dignitaries to the Court to dine and chat. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was among those guests, and in his memoir he writes that conversation over “salads and sandwiches” got heated.
According to Foreign Policy blogger Colum Lynch, when the conversation turned to the International Criminal Court, established in 2002 for trials of those accused of large scale crimes like genocide and war crimes, one justice objected vociferously to the idea.
“I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my son be dragged before some foreign kangaroo court to face judgment,” Annan quotes the unnamed justice as saying. Lynch points out that Justice Antonin G. Scalia’s son Matthew is a U.S. Army captain who served in Iraq, perhaps a clue to the identity of the justice.
Annan wrote that he was taken aback, but tried to assure the justice that no frivolous prosecutions would take place. “He was unconvinced,” Annan wrote, according to Lynch.