Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead At West Texas Ranch

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Moments ago the judicial world was hit with what is the most significant news since the passage of Obamacare, when the San Antonio Express first reported that one of the more, if not most, conservative Supreme Court Justices, 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 the initial 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."

A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes.

According to CNN, Scalia died in his sleep. A government official said Scalia went to bed Friday night and told friends he wasn't feeling well. Saturday morning, he didn't get up for breakfast. And the group he was with for a hunting trip left without him. Someone at the ranch went in to check on him and found him unresponsive.

The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were involved in the investigation. Officials with the law enforcement agencies declined to comment.

A gray Cadillac hearse pulled into the ranch last Saturday afternoon. The hearse came from Alpine Memorial Funeral Home.

Texas governor Abbott confirmed the news:

Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, one of two Supreme Court justices appointed the republican president.

The image below shows why a supreme court justice may be as important as a standng US president :

With Scalia's passage, SCOTUS will have 8 justices, Sotomayor, Breyer, Kagan, Ginsburg, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, Roberts, divided evenly into ideological camps. This is important because when the Court divides 4-4 the lower court opinion is affirmed without creating any Supreme Court precedent.

More importantly, this means that Obama will now attempt to fast-track the appointment of another supreme court justice, although it is unlikely the GOP controlled Senate will approve it. The longest vacancy in Supreme Court history was 29 months when the Senate kept rejecting President Tyler's choices.

Replacing Scalia with a liberal justice could change the balance of the court under Chief Justice John Roberts.  If a new justice is not confirmed under Obama, this is something both parties are likely to trumpet as the 2016 contest continues.

Initial indications suggest that the GOP will bottleneck any Obama appointment: as Conn Carroll, top staffer for Mike Lee, a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee,just tweeted, Obama's chances to appoint a third Supreme Court justice are not looking good.

As the Hill adds, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement calling the conservative justice an "unwavering defender" of the Constitution.

"He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution," Abbott wrote. "His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans.

Scalia, born in Trenton, N.J. and raised in Queens, N.Y., was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 after serving on the D.C. Circuit Court.  

The judge was a proponent of "originalism," the legal philosophy that held that the meaning of the Constitution should be interpreted as it was first written and not subject to contemporary views.

Scalia was also known for the colorful opinions he issued. In a dissent in King v. Burwell, the landmark healthcare case that upheld the Affordable Care Act, he referred to the majority's reasoning as "pure applesauce" and "jiggery-pokery."

"On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues," Chief Justice Roberts said. "His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Maureen, and his family."

"I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Scalia family after the passing of Justice Scalia. Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice, one of the best of all time," Donald Trump remarked. "His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time."


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Update: as expected the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should not be replaced until after the presidential election. 

As the Hill notes, since McConnell sets the Senate's schedule, his remarks signal the GOP's intent to not confirm any nominee offered by President Obama.

“The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

Democrats have already called on the Senate to take a vote on a nominee replacing Scalia, who died Saturday in Texas.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it would be "unprecedented" for the Senate to wait until next year to confirm a new justice.

To be sure, Obama will try to offer a replacement: it remains to be seen whether the Senate wil fold to the president's whims, as it so often has in the past 7 years.

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joego1's picture

Oh no Barry gets to appoint a Supreme court justice. Hide the guns.

AlaricBalth's picture

As the Church Lady (Dana Carvey) would say, "Isn't that convenient".

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Well fuck me.  

The 5-4 no civil war vote will turn quite quickly into a 4-5 "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn'em all in" in no time. 

Supernova Born's picture

A leftist loon Supreme Court and a communist and/or criminal in the White House.

The future is bright.


y3maxx's picture


Can a POTUS appoint himself a SCOTUS?

Sanity Bear's picture

he can... good luck getting confirmed tho

Save_America1st's picture

RIP Scalia. 

I nominate Judge Andrew Napolitano!!!!


But I'm sure the Marxist in the White House, O-Cocksucker is partying hard tonight over this news.  If that fucker nominated Eric Holder there will be war. 

But even if he doesn't nominate that fucking scumbag, I'm sure he has a long list of other treasonous Marxist scumbags ready to nominate. 

This is not good at all with O-Traitor having nearly a year left to finish fucking this country over and burying what little is left of the Constitution.

knukles's picture

If you believe that was natural, I got a health care law I'll sell you

0b1knob's picture

The Constitution, the republic and the Amercian people are so schlonged.

Obama gets to appoint another Supreme.

knukles's picture

Progressives are gonna be happier than a Whabbihist at an innocent rape victim's stoning to death for being raped

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Big deal... all the niggers, spics, and feminists dressed in black robes can kiss my White hairy man-ass. Your law means nothing to me.

Soul Glow's picture

Say what yoiu want about Obama, say what you will abput the process, but Scalia was no constitutionalist.  He was a dirt bag through and through.  Let's get that straight first, then we can hide our guns.

McMolotov's picture

He should have stuck to the George Soros diet. A baby a day keeps the Grim Reaper away.

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NoDebt's picture

We're fucked.  

The presidential race just turned into a contest for TWO branches of government.  No way the senate is going to confirm anybody Obama nominates.  Then again, you never know what the Rs are going to do these days since they've given up on being even an opposition party.

nmewn's picture

True enough, bunch of fucking pussies and with Deep State Mitch in charge of the Senate there's no telling what shenanigans he'll try to pull.

I'm with Mike Lee (or whoever it was) zero chance of this lame duck lying sack of shit appointing a third and getting it through.

Scalia was a brilliant legal mind and defender of the WRITTEN Constitution. His common sense wisdom will be missed.

chunga's picture

Here we go. That didn't take long.

Fight over Scalia replacement heats up as Democrats demand vote this year

“The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is charged with overseeing court nominations. “It is only February. The president and the Senate should get to work without delay to nominate, consider and confirm the next justice to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Supernova Born's picture

Go home iYeb! and take your Bush-league SC picking skills with you!

ufos8mycow's picture

I just hope the Secret Service is keeping Dick Cheney safe. If we lose him we're screwed.

Richard Chesler's picture

Just  LOL.

Carry on you faggots!


TeamDepends's picture

Remember folks: Any law repugnant to the Constitution is null and void.
-Marbury vs. Madison

CClarity's picture

I'm betting a Muslim Asian - Indonesian immigrant anyone?

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Lorca's Novena's picture

"Tony isnt here, Mr. Torrance..."


Whelp! What worse could happen this year?

Handful of Dust's picture

<< I'm betting a Muslim Asian - Indonesian immigrant anyone? >>


You must mean .... "Trans-Gender-Muslim Asian - Indonesian immigran."

CClarity's picture

Excellent additional qualifier @handful of dust !   And also gay, regardless of what sex reassignment.

clymer's picture

shit, sacrilege wont let me slide any further to the right (pun pun pun), we're scewed.

weburke's picture

I dont know yet if the elites killed him, but they always sign their work, so it will soon be known. 

But here, is the last speech he gave that I know of, and it is incredible.


shining one's picture

I stoped listening when he said we are in God's presence.

weburke's picture

haha, you named yourself shining one, were you inducted into whatever while called a shining star? when you join one of those groups and make a pledge, do you know what you have done? I think not. 


TheAntiProgressive's picture

Whoever they are they are, they will have to support Sharia Law or "deals off".

Four chan's picture

are corporations still people?

Backin2006's picture

Rand Paul knows more about the law than either Sotomayor or Kagan. 

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

yup, what I want is 9 Dem or gop  lawyers deciding my liberty and freedom..fucked up idea called the supreme court..but it is what it is.

CheapBastard's picture

Corporations are not only not peeple anymore, all illegals are now Dem voters and the entire USA is a 'gun free zone' where only thugs are allowed to carry.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

So the dude feels perfectly, in good spirit for a hunting in the wild weekend. He goes to sleep feeling good, nobody around notices something wrong with him, he doesn't complain about anything but

he's found dead in the morning. Now this looks to me like a contract reaper call - somebody has big plans/targets to acomplish fast next months requiring bypassing constitutional law and the dude was known as a big pain in the ass at opposing these *democratic/liberal* initiatives.


DeathMerchant's picture

He was supposed to have said that he was not feeling well.

MontgomeryScott's picture

'Let me pay for the drink.'

'You're money's no good here, Mr. Torrance.'


Shad_ow's picture

Really makes one wonder, doesn't it.

CaptainObvious's picture

Yeah, I mentioned that once when I got called for jury duty.  They couldn't get my ass outta that courtroom fast enough.  Heh heh.

Pumpkin's picture

Remember folks: Any law repugnant to the Constitution is null and void.
-Marbury vs. Madison


You mean like a law that fines the people for not contracting with a health insurance company?

CheapBastard's picture

Yeah but, "If you want to keep your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance."


Soweto promised.

nmewn's picture

The serpentine bastard says "SCOTUS is too important to our democracy for it to be understafedd for partisan reasons..." AS HE LOBBIES FOR THE MOST PARTISAN PRESIDENT EVAH to make an appointment and it's NOT A FUCKING DEMOCRACY!!!

chunga's picture

I think I've had enough of this shit for today. Time for a few cans of beer.

TeamDepends's picture

Problem is, you'll wake up and progressives will STILL be braying for a multiculti (any but white) pansexual SCOTUS replacement. God help us

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Chris Dakota (not verified) TeamDepends Feb 13, 2016 8:46 PM

Obama will nominate Angela Davis

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 13, 2016 10:33 PM

Or Hillary(!)

She didn't lose her law license for lying to the courts as some did.