Monday, February 15, 2016

Vale Antonin Scalia at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier today in Texas, may have managed by the accident the timing of his demise, to have done a favor to his opponents. As readers know all too well, Scalia was noteworthy for his consistent right wing position and his lack of inhibition about making creative arguments to support it. (Any extreme is bad ... Left as well as right)
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, dies at 79 CNN 
Good Old Czech bribery? "Why Justice Scalia was staying for free at a Texas resort": Mark Berman and Jerry Markon of The Washington Post have this report.

 Scalia said Wednesday that his father "would have been the first to tell you ... that we’re from dust, we return to dust, your life could be taken from you at any instant."
"Scalia's son slams 'hurtful' conspiracy theories about father's death": Jesse Byrnes of The Hill has this exclusive report 

"How Justice Scalia changed my life": Columnist Christine M. Flowers has this essay online at The Philadelphia Daily News.

Scalia: The Donald Trump of the Supreme Court Corey Robin. Remarkably few eulogies to Scalia — Obama’s, for example — include any mention of Bush v. Gore. If only306,000 Florida Democrats hadn’t voted for Bush in 2000… But who’s counting?
Ranch Owner Recalls Finding Justice Antonin Scalia’s Body NYT and Scalia’s last moments on a Texas ranch — quail hunting to being found in ‘perfect repose’ Los Angeles Times. (About the “ranch” owner, John B. Poindexter.)

Nobody Seems to Know How Exactly Antonin Scalia Ended Up Dead Underneath a Pillow Gawker

SCOTUS Analyst: Loretta Lynch ‘Most Likely Candidate’ to Replace Scalia – NBC 

"A 'view' from the Courtroom: 'I'm Scalia' and other quips." Mark Walsh has this post at "SCOTUSblog."

"The psychology behind why people believe conspiracy theories about Scalia's death; Hint: It has something to do with partisan rancor."Joseph E. Uscinski has this essay online at The Washington Post.

  • “And Hansel and Gretel (children!) kill their captor by baking her in an oven.” — Scalia, J., noting the commonness of violence in youthful entertainment over the centuries, in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (2005), his landmark opinion confirming full First Amendment protection for videogames as works of expression [Jim Copland/City JournalOwen Good/Polygon; contrasting Hillary Clinton position]

"Sixty Seconds of Silence for Scalia": Richard Beem has this post today at his blog, "Beem on Patents."

"Lessons for the Supreme Court from the Jedi Council": Adam Gopnik has this post online today at The New Yorker.

Antonin Scalia, a devout Catholic, was once lining up to make confession when he realised the priest was his own son. He beat a hasty retreat.

“As he put it later, ‘Like heck if I’m confessing to you,’” Father Paul Scalia recalled on Saturday. “The feeling was mutual.”

"Advertising war over Scalia successor begins":Fredreka Schouten of USA Today has this report.
CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for Congress and the Nation? – “This sidebar, the first of several pending CRS projects on Justice Scalia and the new Supreme Court vacancy, provides an overview of the major implications of Justice Scalia’s death for Congress.”

"Scalia's Six-Year Stint as a Big Law Associate":Gabe Friedman of Bloomberg BNA has this post

"Scalia: the Most Influential Justice Without Influence in Supreme Court History; He was on the losing side during much of his tenure, and his theory of originalism never attracted majority support." Law professor David Cole hasthis essay online at The Nation

"I'm a liberal lawyer. Clerking for Scalia taught me how to think about the law." Tara Kole has this essay online at The Washington Post.

"We Know the Type of Justice Obama Might Pick: Because he's already told us many times." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.

"Antonin Scalia's funeral reflects the justice's life of faith": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report.
Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that "Mourners Remember Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Funeral at the National Shrine was celebrated by his son, Rev. Paul Scalia."
Richard Wolf and Gregory Korte of USA Today report that "At funeral Mass, Justice Scalia eulogized as a man of faith as well as law."
Mark Sherman an Sam Hananel of The Associated Press report that "Scalia remembered as man of faith, family and the law."
Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that "Scalia Mourned as Late U.S. Justice's Funeral Draws Crowds."
Reuters has a report headlined "At Scalia funeral, led by son, U.S. court battle in recess."
Josh Gerstein of reports that "Scalia's funeral Mass draws Washington elite; Prominent politicians and judges paid their respects to the late conservative justice."
On this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered," Nina Totenberg had an audio segment titled "Funeral Services Held on Saturday For Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Mark Walsh has a post titled "'A simple parish funeral Mass.'"