Scalia’s Death Triggers Political Battle

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a resort in West Texas on Saturday. San Antonio news sources are reporting that the 79 year old died of natural causes. Scalia was a famously outspoken conservative, appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986. He fought for a strict, unwavering interpretation of the Constitution.

Justice Scalia was found dead on Saturday, at the age of 79. A staunch conservative, his death has already triggered a political conflict over the appointment of a successor. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons)

Justice Scalia was found dead on Saturday, at the age of 79. A staunch conservative, his death has already triggered a political conflict over the appointment of a successor. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons)

Scalia’s death has already precipitated a political firestorm. Mere minutes after the announcement, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he would block any attempts to replace Scalia before the next President is sworn in. “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.” So far, President Obama has not commented, except to offer his condolences.

Following Scalia’s death, the Court has three conservative leaning Justices and four liberal leaning ones, with Chief Justice Roberts sometimes falling on either side.

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Sigrid is the Editor in Chief of CisternYard News. Born and raised in D.C. (yes, actual D.C.), she spends all her time writing, studying, biking and failing at yoga. She is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Political Science and Film Studies.


'Scalia’s Death Triggers Political Battle' has 1 comment

  1. February 13, 2016 @ 8:49 pm Daniel Lange

    Another great article by a fantastic journalist. Keep up the good work Cistern Yard News.

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