Judicial Giant Antonin Scalia died earlier today at the age of 79. The longest service Justice was appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and served as a stalwart of the Court’s conservative wing for the past 3 decades forming an alliance first with Justice Rehnquist and later with Justice’s Alito and Clarence Thomas.
Upon learning of Scalia’s passing, Chief Justice John Roberts said;
“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” 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.”
His death will touch off significant political fighting in an already contentious year, but for now we should merely mourn the death of this man of great intellect.