Some Votes Cast by Scalia Will Now Be Void

If the case hasn't been publicly decided, including a big union one
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2016 7:45 PM CST
In this June 17, 1986, photo, President Ronald Reagan announces his nomination of Antonin Scalia.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

(Newser) – The death of Antonin Scalia has many wondering whether President Obama will be able to fill his Supreme Court seat. But there's lots more coverage pouring in about the late justice:

  • So what happens if a case ends in a 4-4 tie before a new judge is in place? The lower court ruling stands, and the case ends up being kind of a waste of time for the Supremes, reports the New York Times.
  • Votes cast by Scalia in cases that have been argued but not publicly decided are now void, and SCOTUSBlog says his death will have the biggest effect on a major union dispute. A conservative majority is now unlikely in the case.
  • The Washington Post rounds up 10 of Scalia's most memorable lines.

  • USA Today takes a look at five of his most notable dissents.
  • Dahlia Lithwick at Slate explains why Scalia's "staggeringly original mind" will leave such an important legacy.
  • The liberal site ThinkProgress lays out why the consequences of Scalia's death are "breathtaking."
  • The Wall Street Journal is collecting reaction from the legal world.

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