This is terrible news, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in Texas today. He was 79 years old.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a tart-tongued champion of conservative interpretation of the Constitution, has died at a West Texas ranch resort, according to news reports confirmed by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law,” Abbott said in a statement on his official web site. “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law.” (Read More)
That’s not likely to happen, since President Obama will nominate his replacement, and no doubt the Republicans in the Senate won’t put up much of a fight. No doubt liberals are dancing in the streets over this news.
According to CNN Scalia was on a hunting trip, and said he didn’t feel well when he went to bed the night before. He slept in so the others went hunting without him. When someone from the ranch went to check on him he was unresponsive.
Update: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the next president should fill the vacancy on the Court. Democrats disagree.
Update 2: The SCOTUS blog explains what will happen to this term’s close cases.