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.
The San Antonio Express-News published this photo of a hearse at the entrance to the Cibolo Creek Ranch today. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement that pretty much says it all about Antonin Scalia’s reputation among political conservatives:
“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law.”
Given that Democratic President Barack Obama will nominate the next judge to replace Scalia, the chances are that Gov. Abbott will get a champion of the Constitution, but not necessarily one he agrees with.
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has already suggested on Twitter that the Senate should “ensure” that Obama’s successor should name Scalia’s replacement. The Senate has stalled other Obama judicial appointees for months and years, but it would be highly unusual that they would stall a Supreme Court nominee for a year just to prevent a president from making his legal appointment. Reddit already has a lively thread of speculation going on this front.
Just last month, The New York Times said (with tongue somewhat in cheek) that Antonin Scalia had the highest sarcasm index on the court.
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