US Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died at Aged 79

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WASHINGTON — Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the outspoken leader of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc, was found dead at a Texas ranch Saturday morning, the San Antonio Express News reported on its website.

The newspaper quoted U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, who said he had been told of the death.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the resort in West Texas, the Cibolo Creek Ranch, reportedly as part of a private group of about 40 people. When he didn’t appear for breakfast Saturday, someone went to his room and found a body.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement Saturday afternoon extending condolences to Scalia’s family. He called the justice “the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution.”

Biery told the newspaper he had few details about the death. “My reaction is it’s very unfortunate,” he said. “It’s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle we’re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen until the next president is elected.”

President Obama could nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy, but confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate in an election year would be difficult.

Over nearly three decades on the high court, Scalia’s sharp intellect and acerbic opinions made him a hero to conservatives and a target for liberals. Scalia was appointed by Reagan in 1986.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    If the Senate does not block EVERY single nominee that Obama sends up over the next year, I will be furious.

    No más latinas “sabias”!
    (no more “wise” Latinas)

    • Exile1981

      I’m thinking his death just before the riling on obamas amnesty is suspicious.

    • God help the USA

      • moraywatson

        …and us…

      • BillyHW

        They are finished.

    • Brett_McS

      Interesting comment from someone who’s preferred candidate is The Donald, knowing who he wants to nominate. 😉

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        What are you on about?
        ALL of my comments are interesting!

    • No more lesbian Jews, either.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Got a good vaccine against unfounded charges of antisemitism?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama will nominate himself unless he can find an illegal alien lesbian Muslim to fit the bill.

    • Brett_McS

      He’s got his sights on the UN.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Oh that job too.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The US Congress has to delay the confirmations as long as possible because should Obama put another progressive on the supreme court, the next administration will have a difficult time reversing his executive orders.

    • Exile1981

      recess appointment coming.

  • Xavier

    Weapons grade distraction incoming.

    Hillary’s email? Never mind that, we have a nominee!
    Gun control? Look another nominee!
    Election fraud? Another nominee!

    • Exile1981

      Technically if I read the schedule correctly the senate is out until the 20th. That means Obama has 5 days in which he can ram through a recess appointment.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Why do I have the feeling that this has Clinton’s fingerprints all over it?
    Wouldn’t be the first time.

    • BillyHW

      The left is dancing over his grave already.

      http://oi68.tinypic.com/25tjl29.jpg

      • jack burns

        Its from Portland, the land of groveling snots whose goal is to be the best barista ever.

  • Xavier

    There is no way the GOP can – or wants to – block nominees for a year.

    I’m thinking we’ll have a new Justice by Tuesday noon.

    Michelle, perhaps. Or ValJar.

    • Exile1981

      Senate is out till the 20th, so he could ram through a recess appointment.

  • 20thCenturyVole

    Well, hell.

  • Brett_McS

    So, if the Senate does its job and blocks Obama’s appointments, we can then look forward to Scalia being replaced by some radical feminist pro-abortion nut-job put forward by Hillary Clinton, or … Donald Trump’s sister. Choice!

  • marty_p

    Any eligible Muslims that Obama could nominate?

    • mobuyus

      One of his sons?

    • BillyHW

      Himself.

  • BillyHW

    We’re doomed.

  • Xavier

    Number of days from Supreme Court nomination to a final vote: no more than 108 since 1975.

  • Martin B

    So now the fate of the Constitution rests entirely on Republican senators having the balls to stand up to Obama like they’ve never stood up to him before.

    Is it a sin to pray for Ginsberg to croak?

    • BillyHW

      Only when a Democrat is president.

  • simus1

    An honourable man who was worthy of being a Supreme Court judge dies.
    To be replaced by some obama list disgusting leftist DemocRat toady in waiting.

  • Bearspaw

    DIFFICULT???? Bwaaaaaaaa!!
    Those Republican bastards would confirm any candidate put forward by Obama, probably including himself. They could not role over fast enough to please the dems. Hillary? Dersh? McKinnon? Just name them. They are a shoe in.

    • Exile1981

      Lenna Dunhamm for SCOTUS?

  • Brett_McS

    Isn’t it time that a Muslim was appointed to the Supreme Court? After all Mohametans have been involved in American history from its very inception! To say “no” … well, that’s just racist and not who we are. Well, maybe who you are, … but not me!

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    People on the right in the USA complain how if they lose to Obama and he gets a person in it is over for the Republic, when the Republicans have held the Supreme Court for 30 years. I see nothing favourable about picking candidates for the Supreme Court either way. I believe in merit-based processes and seeing past elections on Wikipedia candidates used to run for the same party as President. Both parties have sold out the USA and Cruz is simply another carpetbagger. Don’t forget it was the Greenback by Lincoln which made the USA the richest nation ever. It was President Wilson that sold out the USA and all presidents Democrats and Republican have followed that process. I see nothing promising about the USA now except a nation completely swallowed up by its debt.

    Also, Reagan appointed the most partisan Supreme Court justice and the trend afterwards was more about partisanship than following the law.

    People think conservatism built the USA but protectionists ruled for a time, classical liberals ruled for a time, independents in the beginning ruled for a time, and after about 1880 everything became about the Republican and Democratic parties. I think there needs to be honesty about the process and how the US got here, instead of making everything about left versus right, which is disingenuous.

    • Brett_McS

      Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Scalia, the best justice by any definition in a life time.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        But this really goes back to the legend of Reagan and making him into some god, believing that a politician can reach godly status, when the point of mainstream parties is to put us into camps.

        As a nationalist, the nation matters more than figures because when you turn figures into gods you suppress real wholesome movements for useless platforms and plans instead of ones which support reducing debt and deficits. That is why nationalist movements have always been suppressed and they are replaced by libertarian and neocon and neoliberal/globalist movements.

        Because the truth is if you believe that anti-abortion measures, more war and fighting culture wars will save the USA from its inevitable collapse then that tells me that most people seriously have got their priorities wrong. The USA is in deep trouble. I thank both parties for that but I saw the downhill slide since 2001. The War on Terror is a huge part of that with trillions spent and no results.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        Also, some people believe that having a “conservative” as president would instantly mean the USA is saved when they do not even elaborate more on that notion. I believe a candidate outside the system in a smaller party would do the job but to me the US is near Greece in terms of its debt based on GDP. But these are the same people that watch Mark Levin, thinking that property rights and god will be their salvation, but these are the same people that do not know what it takes to run a household, live a comfortable life and what disposable income is necessary to survive. I seriously hope the USA can move past the ideological lexicon it has created for itself and try to escape and find something that is based in reality. By reality, I of course mean something that is quantifiable and where people know they can do better like a nationalist movement, where government does play a role because nationalism would make structural cuts, and still the USA would have enough to give to the middle class and the poor. Also, small government does not exist because the same proponents of small government want a war economy and nothing for those at the bottom. It is transferring wealth to the corporations. The US needs statism but in the form that would allow for protectionism, non-interventionism, and monetarism.

        • Bearspaw

          Billy Bob, have you been drinking from that vile of Angelina’s blood again? Don’t
          forget Reagan also put O’Connor and Kennedy on the court. Those two have nullified Scalia’s vote coun tless times. Kennedy has be n a swing vote so often in favour of the left that it’s not funny. As far as Reagan being deified, I agree. He was always a democrat in my opinion.

      • BillyHW

        A century.

      • Bearspaw

        Agreed. Along with Thomas they have voted as Constituionalists. Calling Scalia partisan is a cheap ploy.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Justices Ginsberg, Kennedy and Breyer are getting on in years. It won’t be too long before their time is up. Of course, I miss Scalia, who was a great champion of the First Amendment.

  • jack burns

    Lamont won’t waste any time getting Justice Sharpton into his robe.