Justice Antonin Scalia has passed
Justice Antonin Scalia, appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, was found dead today while on a hunting trip. He apparently died in his sleep. A man often hated and disrespected by many of his ideological opposition, Justice Scalia was not only an outspoken conservative but a brilliant legal mind. He is especially notable in two ways. He is remarkable as the longest serving member of the SCOTUS. Justice Scalia is also exceptional in that he was a judicial appointee of a conservative and Republican President that has a proven a solid and prudent conservative throughout his tenure at his post.
Justice Scalia was truly a consequential figure in American history. He shall be missed.
Mind you this is not the most element. It’s easy for me and others to forget.
Justice Scalia leaves behind a wife, nine children, and 28 grandchildren. Deepest sympathies to the Scalia family.
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) February 13, 2016
Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace and glory.
Naturally I wish that I had met Associate Justice Scalia and even sat with him. He was, after all, a brilliant legal philosophical mind. One friend of mine met him. Another had a case overruled by Justice Scalia. That’a just awesome.
The partisan/political ramifications will be discussed next. I didn’t have the heart to include them in what should be a solemn and sober, however brief, appreciation of the man. I’m afraid I have too few words worthy to describe him. His career and his impact is glorious.
I suppose this is retroactively part of my series on the Supreme Court.