Antonin Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, and was the longest-serving justice on the court, having taken his seat on Sept. 26, 1986. Justice Scalia is famous for his application of constitutional originalism and opposition to “legislating from the bench.”
“The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means today not what current society, much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, but what it meant when it was adopted.” – Judge Antonin Scalia
Justice Scalia was discovered dead on February 13th, 2016 in Texas – and conspiracy theories spread as many pondered the massive impact his absence could have on the future United States.
What kind of impact will this have on upcoming Supreme Court cases? Will President Barack Obama be able to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice in the remainder of his presidential term? This presidential election just became more consequential – as now it’s a fight for the soul of America.
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