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Scalia Dead

[ 422 ] February 13, 2016 |

Scalia is dead.

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa.

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, of the Western Judicial District of Texas, was notified about the death from the U.S. Marshals Service.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he was among those notified about Scalia’s death.

“I was told it was this morning,” Biery said of Scalia’s death. “It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it’s pretty vague right now as to how,” he said. “My reaction is it’s very unfortunate. It’s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle we’re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected.”

I’d like to think this kills all “the two parties are the same so who cares if Republicans win in 2016” arguments if Hillary wins the nomination. But then I also know Salon exists.

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  1. Brett says:

    Condolences to his family. I assume that if there’s a hell, Scalia is there now – “hell” meaning “the Devil endlessly tells him non sequitor knock-knock jokes while gay porn blares on wall-mounted television all around him”.

    On a more serious note, Erik’s right. The odds of the Republicans allowing Obama to nominate a replacement are basically zero, so this comes down to whether Democrats win the Senate and the Presidency in November. If they do, then they can put a liberal judge on the Court and decisively swing it towards a more progressive view of things. If not, then the Republicans will put some conservative judge on there and we’re basically fucked – especially since Breyer, Kennedy, and Ginsburg are also old and at serious risk of death or retirement in the next four years.

  2. T Jasper Parnell says:

    Elizabeth Warren, for dog’s sake, ought to be the nominee

    • Gregor Sansa says:

      She’s too old.

    • JonH says:

      I feel like you want her to be involved much earlier. It take forever for anything to get to the Supreme Court. Someone first has to make the laws or regulations that the banks want to overturn in the courts.

    • Warren Terra says:

      Why do people keep suggesting Warren stop doing the job she sought, that she’s good at, and that we frankly need more people like her doing and sticking at?

      Also: Elizabeth Warren is far too old for a modern Supreme Court nominee. As Gregor pointed out.

  3. JonH says:

    Vermin Supreme for Supreme Court.

  4. Ktotwf says:

    Something suspicious about an obese 79 year old man dying out of the blue.

  5. Karen24 says:

    Best thing that ever happened in Marfa.

  6. UncleEbeneezer says:

    I take it Eric Holder is too old? :(

  7. tsam says:

    So if a case ends up with a 4/4 vote, then what?

    • Socrets says:

      The most lower court decision controls the outcome. This is good because it means that public sector unions are safe for the moment and the stay on the Clean Power Plan is pointless because the lower court upheld it. It also means that conservatives have somewhat lost a pretty powerful weapon for the moment since the DC Circuit en banc isn’t as receptive as Scalia is to paranoid wingnuts.

  8. LosGatosCA says:

    The world is a better place today than yesterday.

  9. Malaclypse says:

    And his last vote was to kill the planet. May he find the hell he believed in.

  10. JonH says:

    Ah fuck it. He should just appoint Beyonce.

  11. Cassiodorus says:

    You know, we should really be lamenting this sad day in American history. Scalia was the first right-wing blog comment section to gain consciousness and reach one of the highest offices in the land.

  12. DrDick says:

    I may have to reconsider the existence of a divinity.

  13. dr. hilarius says:

    Oh does this mean that Kennedy is no longer the swing vote? He must be devastated. Who would it be now? I guess it depends on the replacement. Maybe we can look forward to fewer hugely consequential cases being loosely reasoned and poorly written.

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