Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

This was just reported minutes ago:

Justice Antonin Scalia, whose transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court, was found dead on Saturday at a resort in West Texas, according to a statement from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. He was 79.

This is huge and will have a far-reaching impact not only in U.S. legal circles (the Supreme Court is hearing cases on immigration, abortion and a host of other social issues) but also in politics (chances are Republicans aren’t going to let President Obama appoint anyone to the court this year, which means the next president’s first job is going to determine how a usually split court rules for the coming years).

The death was sudden and completely unexpected. This is now, without a doubt, the major issue of the 2016 presidential race. There’s a comprehensive obituary at the Washington Post (click here).

(Just a thought: If I were Clinton or Sanders (or any other currently unknown Democrat), and I won the next presidential election, I’d nominate Barack Obama as the next Supreme Court justice, just to watch GOP heads explode.)

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