Antonin Scalia..US Supreme Court justice dies


US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – one of most conservative members of the high court – has died.

Justice Scalia’s death could shift the balance of power on the US high court, allowing President Barack Obama to add a fifth liberal justice to the court.

The court’s conservative majority has recently stalled major efforts by the Obama administration on climate change and immigration.

Justice Scalia, 79, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

He died in his sleep early on Saturday while in West Texas for hunting trip, the US Marshalls Service said.

“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.”

He died in his sleep early on Saturday while in West Texas for hunting trip, the US Marshalls Service said.

“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.”

Justice Scalia was one of the most prominent proponents of “originalism” – a conservative legal philosophy that believes the US Constitution has a fixed meaning and does not change with the times.

In 2008, Justice Scalia delivered the opinion in District of Columbia v Heller, a landmark case that affirmed an individual’s right to possess a handgun.

Throughout his career, the outspoken justice has been a vocal opponent of abortion and gay rights, often writing scathing dissenting opinions.

He was known for his sense of humour and colourful language, calling efforts to defend President Obama’s healthcare reform law “jiggery-pokery” and “pure applesauce”.

The appointment of Justice Scalia’s successor is certain to become a major issue in the presidential race.

Republicans in the US Senate are likely to try to block efforts by Mr Obama to appoint a new justice, arguing the next president should make the appointment.


thats what we can call a “black swan” event in politics..its going to play a role now..

and this is why:

“US Supreme Court justices are appointed to life terms by the president with the approval of the US Senate.

The length of their terms along with their influence on US politics makes their selection and confirmation hotly debated.

Appointed by Democratic presidents, associate justices Mrs Ginsburg, 82, Sonia Sotomayor, 61, Stephen Breyer, 77, and Elena Kagan, 55, make up the court’s liberal wing.

Appointed by Republican presidents, Chief Justice John Roberts, 61, along with justices Clarence Thomas, 67, Anthony Kennedy, 79, and Samuel Alito, 65, are the court’s conservative bloc.


~ by seeker401 on February 14, 2016.

27 Responses to “Antonin Scalia..US Supreme Court justice dies”

  1. This is already a non-issue, as the GOP controlled Senate immediately stated they would refuse to vote on any Obama nominee and will wait until after the election.
    Which means Trump will pick the successor.

    • but it will be used as an election ploy..

      • 9 of Scalia’s most controversial comments

        • Cibolo Creek Ranch owner recalls Scalia’s last hours in Texas

          “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled,” said Poindexter.

          “He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” he said.
          Scalia,79, did not have a pulse and his body was cold, and after consulting with a doctor at a hospital in Alpine, Poindexter concluded resuscitation would have been futile, He then contacted federal authorities, at first encountering a series of answering services because he was calling on a weekend.

          “Ultimately they became available and handled it t superbly. They flew in by helicopter. They told me to secure the ranch, which I did until this morning,” he said.

          Scalia was just the latest newsworthy guest to visit the celebrity hideaway that covers 30,000 acres near the Chinati Mountains. Mick Jagger, Julia Roberts and Tommy Lee Jones have also partaken of its scenic vistas and luxury accomodations.

          Established in 1857 by Milton Faver, known as the first Texas cattle baron west of the Pecos, the ranch retains 19th Century constructions, including “El Fortin de Cibolo,” a primitive fort designed to protect settlers from Apaches.


            Yet as details of Scalia’s sudden death trickled in Sunday, it appeared that the hours afterward were anything but orderly. The man known for his elegant legal opinions and profound intellect was found dead in his room at a hunting resort by the resort’s owner, who grew worried when Scalia didn’t appear at breakfast Saturday morning.

            It then took hours for authorities in remote West Texas to find a justice of the peace, officials said Sunday. When they did, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body — which is permissible under Texas law — and without ordering an autopsy.

            As official Washington tried to process what his demise means for politics and the law, some details of Scalia’s final hours remained opaque. As late as Sunday afternoon, for example, there were conflicting reports about whether an autopsy should have been performed. A manager at the El Paso funeral home where Scalia’s body was taken said that his family made it clear they did not want one.

            One of two other officials who were called but couldn’t get to Scalia’s body in time said that she would have made a different decision on the autopsy.


            Justice Antonin Scalia’s death could change the course of history on the contentious social and legal issues pending before the Supreme Court this term, especially in closely divided cases where he was expected to serve as a lynchpin of a conservative majority.
            In cases where the eight remaining justices are evenly divided, appeals court rulings would be left to stand, but no precedent would be set for future cases. The justices could also hold cases and leave stays of lower court rulings in place, while awaiting confirmation of a new justice, but it’s unclear if they would do so for nearly a year if the Senate refuses to consider any nominee while President Barack Obama is in office.

            Here are policy areas that hang in the balance:
            Many Texas abortion clinics could close, an outcome that may have happened anyway with Scalia on the court.
            The court next month will hear the most significant abortion case since 1992, when the justices ruled states could legally impose restrictions on abortion that did not put an “undue burden” on access to the procedure. This term’s abortion case, which centers on restrictions Texas placed on providers and clinics, will again test how far states can go to limit abortion.
            The court is expected to be divided along familiar partisan lines, with Justice Anthony Kennedy serving as a possible swing vote. A 4-4 decision in the case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, would leave in place a lower court ruling that upheld the restrictions on clinics.
            Health care
            Religious nonprofits, including charities, schools, colleges and hospitals, may have to live with the decisions of seven appeals courts, which ruled against their challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.
            The plaintiffs in Zubik v. Burwell, including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and the Little Sisters of the Poor, argue that both the law’s requirement that employers provide female employees with health insurance that includes no-cost access to certain forms of birth control — and the government’s work-around set up for religious nonprofits — violate their religious freedom.
            Appeals courts decided the cases against them largely because the administration offered them the work-around the Supreme Court sought in an earlier case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, in 2014. The case pits questions of religious liberty against a woman’s right to equal health-care access, and it will be the fourth time the court has considered some aspect of what has come to be known as Obamacare.
            Public sector-unions may get a reprieve.
            Until Saturday, unions for state and local government employees were bracing themselves for what appeared an all-but-certain 5-4 ruling against them in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case challenging the legality of “fair share” fees that the unions charge nonmembers to cover costs associated with collective bargaining. In effect, government employee unions were looking at a court-imposed “right-to-work” regime.
            Scalia was the swing vote in the case, given his prior support for fair-share fees. But in court arguments last month Scalia’s line of questioning left the strong impression that his sympathies had swung to the plaintiffs’ side, giving them a likely 5-4 majority. With Scalia’s death, the court is now likely to split 4-4, thereby affirming the Ninth Circuit’s previous decision against the plaintiffs and in favor of fair share fees.
            Affirmative action:
            The use of affirmative action in college admissions could survive a challenge.
            In Fisher v. University of Texas, Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself, introducing the possibility of a 4-4 outcome that would have no wide effect. A lower court has upheld the university’s use of race as a factor in admissions.
            During oral arguments in December, Scalia angered some with his echoing of a conservative critique of affirmative action: that it shortchanges minorities by putting them into an environment where they cannot perform as well as other students.
            “There are those who contend [such programs] do not benefit African-Americans,” he said, adding that “blacks” may do better at “less-advanced, slower-track schools.”
            Separation of church and state
            Religious schools could continue to be denied publicly funded grants.
            Last month, the nation’s highest court agreed to hear a case about whether the separation of church and state really meant it was unconstitutional for a Lutheran church preschool in Missouri to be denied state grant money for recycled tire material to make its playground safer.
            The case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley has the potential to affect several states, where such Blaine amendments have been the legal argument for preventing school voucher programs that send tax dollars to private, religious schools.
            Colorado struck down a local voucher program last year on those grounds, as has the Florida Supreme Court. Scalia, along with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy had indicated a willingness to accept the argument that banning state lawmakers from funding religious schools, if a democratic majority wants to, would impede the free exercise of religion.
            Climate change
            Obama’s Clean Power Plan could be in the hands of the D.C. Circuit Court.
            One of Scalia’s last official acts as a justice was to deliver a large dent in Obama’s climate legacy, providing one of five votes to stay the Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon emissions from power plants. The decision could set back implementation of the rule by years. A 4-4 ideological split on the Supreme Court raises the stakes for the more liberal D.C. Circuit’s eventual decision on the Clean Power Plan, though the high court would still have to lift its stay if the rule is upheld.
            Scalia’s death might not have a big impact on one of the most significant cases the court has agreed to take up: a challenge to Obama’s latest round of executive actions on immigration. That case is expected to be argued in April.
            Five votes will be needed to sustain Obama’s moves to use executive branch authority to allow up to five million more immigrants to apply for quasi-legal status and work permits. The court’s Democratic appointees are expected to back his move. If the administration can win the vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy or Chief Justice John Roberts, Obama will be able to move forward with his actions before leaving office. If not, the program will remain blocked.
            However, Scalia’s absence from the court would likely prevent a definitive, precedential ruling against presidential authority to make moves similar to Obama’s. A similar effort by a future president could be re-litigated, presumably reaching the court once Scalia’s replacement is in place.

    • odds are more in favor of a president sanders. the media is actually loving the trump show, but the stats are the stats. trump’s appeal is limited, and currently all polls show him losing to both hitlery and sandjew.

      also, the rethuglicans might like obama’s nominee just fine. current rumor is that obama will nominate david barron, a neocon zionist jew and author of the it’s-ok-to-dronestrike-american-citzens presidential counsel opinion.

      they might like a sanders pick a lot less….


        Barron was born on July 7, 1967, in Washington, D.C. and is the son of George Washington University Law School professor and former dean Jerome A. Barron. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1989, from Harvard College, serving as president of the Harvard Crimson.

        Barron is a controversial figure because he wrote a legal memo justifying the use of lethal drone strikes against American citizens without judicial process.

  2. died ( in sleep) on a hunting trip.. hunting or hunted
    old age. lol.

  3. was Scalia murdered?

  4. I think we’re going back to the future – Judge Scalia was rumored to have been Opus Dei. His son IS an Opus Dei priest. The old fighting between the church and the communists comes to mind, and Obama and his supporters certainly are connected to or controlled by communist, socialists and zionists who are unethical and self-serving individuals.

  5. Antonin Scalia death: Senate to block Obama’s court nominee

  6. Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters

  7. this is interesting..

    Biggest abortion case in decades leaves Supreme Court divided

  8. ..scalia death & signs of amurca’s demise?

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