Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been reported dead at age 79, while on a hunting trip in Texas. Scalia was the longest-serving current Justice, and was appointed in 1986 by Ronald Reagan. His death was seemingly unexpected, as no illnesses had been reported.
Scalia was widely considered to be the most conservative justice. He was a staunch opponent of abortion, and recently became the subject of criticism after suggesting black students might do better at “slower” schools. The upcoming appointment process will likely become a large part of this year’s presidential election, and has potential to be a defining aspect of Obama’s legacy.
While those of us at Skepchick may disagree with Justice Scalia on political matters, our thoughts are with his family.
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