Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

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.

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13 comments on “Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

  1. RIP Antonin Scalia.

    I hope some independent people investigate his death.
    I don’t trust Hussein or his lieutenants.
    We Americans are so screwed now.
    The Second American Revolution may not be far away now.
    God help us.

  2. May God forgive him for putting Congress above the natural law, in theory. He is on the record, I believe, saying he would uphold abortion were it enacted into law. I hope he rethought this position.

  3. RIP Justice Scalia. And RIP USA we know what kind of justice Obama will nominate to replace him and that the Republican Senate will cave in and confirm.

    • GOP worries Obama could install Scalia successor through recess appointment

      By JOEL GEHRKE • 2/13/16
      Washington Examiner

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed not to confirm a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but some Republicans worry that President Obama could install a replacement anyway.

      “We’re in recess, so Obama can, in theory, appoint someone,” a senior GOP aide told the Washington Examiner. “He could appoint [Vice President Joe] Biden tonight if he wanted to.”

      Obama wouldn’t be the first president to use a recess appointment to place a justice on the high court. There are have been 12 justices appointed to the Supreme Court while the Senate was in recess. Dwight Eisenhower was the last president to use that power — he did so three times, according to Scotusblog.

      In one case, critics speculated that Eisenhower made his pick to boost his re-election chances that year.

      “It will be said, of course, that President Eisenhower chose Justice Brennan [who was the real author of Justice Blackmun’s majority opinion for the Roe v. Wade abortion decision] because he is a Democrat and a Roman Catholic,” the Chicago Tribune wrote at the time. “Our guess is that the appointment will help a little to hold votes of Democrats who like Ike and will strengthen the president’s earned reputation as a man quite free of religious prejudice, but if the appointment had been intended primarily for electioneering purposes, the chances are that Mr. Eisenhower would have selected someone with a larger reputation as a Democrat and a Catholic.”

      Obama used the recess power aggressively in the past. In January of 2012, he appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board when the Senate was not officially in recess due to pro forma sessions. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in NLRB v. Noel Canning that those appointments are unconstitutional because the Senate, by it’s own rules, was not in session at the time the appointments were made.

      But that’s not the case now. The Senate is scheduled to be in recess until Feb. 22, giving Obama nine days to mull the idea. If Obama were to pursue that route, Republicans likely would argue that the Senate was out of session for too short a time for Obama to take advantage of the recess appointment power. But the Supreme Court has never said exactly how long a recess must be for the president to make recess appointments.

      “It’s a live threat,” the aide said.

  4. We’re going to find out who the REAL conservatives are in the U.S. Senate. If they don’t stall BHO’s nominee until after the election, then there is something seriously wrong.

  5. Let us not forget there are other Justices who, given the grace from Almighty God, could frustrate any attempt to push Obama’s or Clinton’s initiatives. I’m thinking of Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy and Sotomayor. Of course they would have to return to their roots which is Catholicism but the possibility is there given grace from Almighty God. Let us pray for this end.

  6. Here we go again the Republicans saying its vital we put a conservative on the Supreme Court, Republicans like Kennedy who gave us gay marriage and Roberts Obamacare. Politics is just a game lawyers play.

  7. Requiescat in pace/May his memory be eternal.

    Deus misereatur Americae/May God have mercy on America.

  8. We don’t need “conservatives”, we need counterrevolutionary traditionalists. Conservatives want to defend tooth and nail the principles of the Enlightenment enshrined in the American Revolution. Leftists such as Washington, Thomas Jefferson (who liked to cut out the mention of Jesus as God in his Bible), Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin. Maybe their Revolution was less violent, but that was because it was the tail end of the Cromwellian Revolution.

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