Ding dong… the witch is dead.
More like evil Supreme Court Justice is dead.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-service justice in the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. Reports are that he died during his sleep while visiting Texas with a hunting group. He was found by someone after he did not get up for breakfast and his hunting group left him.
There is no evidence of foul play.
Justice John Roberts responded:
“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family.”
Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz:
“The President and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to Justice Scalia’s family. We’ll have additional reaction from the President later today.”
Speaking of Obama, what does this mean? Well, it means a seat is open, and Obama has the opportunity to fill an empty seat before the end of his last term. However, with a Republican-controlled Senate, that will not be accomplished so easily. It will change the entire tone of tonight’s Republican debate.
CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin:
“His departure leaves a huge political fight in the offing because this is a court with five Republican appointees (and) four Democratic appointees.”
Lindsey Graham has already stated to Fox News he will not confirm anyone if submitted by Obama. However, he did say he did not want Ted Cruz picking the judges (thank goodness).
Justice Scalia was appointed in 1986 by former President Ronald Reagan. He was a strict constitutionalist and believed judges should follow the exact words of the Constitution and no modern interpretation. He was the first Italian-American judge, and he was confirmed by unanimous vote.