Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice, Dies at 79

February 13th, 2016

Via: CNN:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a leading conservative voice on the high court, has died at the age of 79, a government source and a family friend told CNN on Saturday.

Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas.

A government official said Scalia went to bed Friday night and told friends he wasn’t feeling well. Saturday morning, he didn’t get up for breakfast. And the group he was with for a hunting trip left without him.

Someone at the ranch went in to check on him and found him unresponsive.

Scalia’s death in an election year sets up a titanic confirmation tussle over his successor on the bench. The already challenging task of getting a Democratic president’s nominee through a Republican-controlled Senate will made even more difficult as the fight over Scalia’s replacement will emerge as a dominant theme of an already wild presidential election.

Soon after news of Scalia’s death surfaced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for the vacancy to be filled after Obama’s presidency ends.

“The American people? should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” McConnell said in a statement.

But McConnell’s Democratic counterpart, Harry Reid, called for the seat to be filled “right away.”

3 Responses to “Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice, Dies at 79”

  1. pookie Says:

    H.L. Mencken on the Supremes —

    “The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. . . . Certainly it would be difficult to imagine any committee of relatively young men, of thirty or thirty-five, showing the unbroken childishness, ignorance and lack of humor of the Supreme Court of the United States. The average age of the learned justices must be well beyond sixty, and all of them are supposed to be of finished and mellowed sagacity. Yet their knowledge of the most ordinary principles of justice often turns out to be extremely meager, and when they spread themselves grandly upon a great case their reasoning powers are usually found to be precisely equal to those of a respectable Pullman conductor.”

    “Advice to Young Men” in Prejudices: Third Series (1922).

  2. mangrove Says:

    pookie, loved the Mencken quote.

    “supposed to be of finished and mellowed sagacity”

    Well then, our Nobel Prize winning commander in chief would be the perfect candidate for President Clinton to nominate next year. That is, if he hasn’t been fake assassinated before then.

  3. mangrove Says:

    Hmmm…

    Justice Scalia Death A Conspiracy? Mysterious Factors Revealed!
    Bullish Money, February 13, 2016

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