Death of a Great Jurist

Antonin Scalia

The supreme court justice Antonin Scalia has died. He was 79.

The Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott issued a statement confirming the news and paying tribute to Scalia, a noted and staunch conservative.

The San Antonio Express News reported that Scalia was found dead on Saturday at a ranch in the Big Bend region of Texas, south of Marfa, and said he had been staying at a ranch for a private party, and was discovered to have died after not attending a breakfast.

Local ABC affiliate KVIA reported that Scalia died in his sleep after a day of quail hunting.

“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unswerving defender of the written constitution and the rule of law,” Abbott said.

“He was a solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans.”

Scalia was appointed to the court in 1986, by President Ronald Reagan and as the first Italian American to serve on the high court.

His written rulings and opinions divided opinion, infuriating liberals. He dissented, for example, in the 2015 case which legalised same-sex marriage across the US, and recently caused controversy with comments about race.

The process to nominate and confirm his replacement is bound to be fraught, with a Democratic president in his final year in office confronting a fiercely antagonistic, Republican-held Congress.

Abbott’s statement concluded: “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.

“Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Published in: on February 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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