|Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia passed away.|
It was learned today that the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away. He died one month shy of his 80th birthday. He was 79 years old.
World News Today send our condolences to the family of Justice Antonin Scalia.
A New Jersey native, Scalia was then a lawyer, a professor and a mentor. He mentored presidential candidate and current senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
He was of Italian-American heritage and is the father of nine. He was married to Maureen McCarthy, a woman Scalia found love after having a blind date.
Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, he served as one of the longest serving justices in the Court. He was known for his colorful and yet controversial stances on many issues brought to the Court.
Scalia said that the day will come when monumental change could occur. But as an originalist he wanted to keep things the way is was. He shown that type of actions when he became the influential decision maker in the District of Columbia v. Heller case. That stripped localities from issuing gun bans in the communities. The gun owners cheered that as one of the Court's biggest gun rights decisions.
Scalia was in West Texas. He apparently passed away of natural causes. He was a featured speaker and guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of the town of Marfa.
He was attending a private party at the ranch. When he didn't arrive for a breakfast gathering, a bell hop went to the room and found his body.
The U.S. Marshals are investigating the ranch to make sure that issues there didn't result in negligence.
The nation's court is hanging at the balance.
Conservatives praised the justice for taking the ground on issues such as abortion, gun rights, tort laws and gay marriage. His death is a huge blow to the conservative movement.
Matter of fact, they feared this could happen.
Scalia's death has far-reaching implications for the Court and a set of major court cases are set to come down. One in particular deals with Affirmative Action. The Fisher v. University of Texas case was going to be a monumental decision. President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration were brought up in the court. A split decision will void the case. The Republicans also threatened to bring Obamacare back into the Court.
President Barack Obama and members of Congress as well as the candidates had chimed in on the passing.
Obama will nominate a person to fill the vacancy. It will be certainly a fight with Republicans in the Senate. They have the majority. They can hold the nominee or call a vote to reject the nominee.
Already putting out a statement, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the next president will fill the vacancy. The Republicans will pull bullshit moves to hold back Obama's nominee.
But eventually they'll have to vote on it.
It also makes them vulnerable to Democrat charges that the Republicans can't govern. Democrats warn Republicans that denying Obama a nominee will result in "payback" if a Republican wins the White House.
Republicans are in a situation where they have a no win situation. They can't deny the president his Constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice. They are allowed to run the clock out on the nominee. The Democrats can also force a vote on the floor.
Republicans are going to be fucked regardless of what they do!
We will keep you informed on this developing story.