Antonin Scalia

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'Antonin Scalia School' Has an Acronym Problem

ASSLaw has now slightly altered its name

(Newser) - The law school at George Mason University changed its name to the Antonin Scalia School of Law last week in honor of the late Supreme Court justice—and then changed its name again after what the Wall Street Journal calls "unforeseen and unfortunate" wordplay involving acronyms: ASSLaw, or even... More »

AG Lynch: Take Me Out of SCOTUS Running

AG thinks nomination process would 'curtail her effectiveness in her current role'

(Newser) - Last month Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval took himself out of the running for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia . Now another big name has bowed out: Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NBC News reports. "As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney... More »

'Blockbuster' Abortion Case Arrives at Supreme Court

All eyes on Anthony Kennedy

(Newser) - The abortion case being argued in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday isn't only the "biggest case on the topic in nearly a quarter century," the AP notes—it's also the first major case taking place since Justice Antonin Scalia died , and it's happening during... More »

Scalia's Death Forces Dow Chemical to Settle $835M Suit

'I think most corporations facing class actions regarded Justice Scalia as a friend'

(Newser) - One consequence of Antonin Scalia's death: Dow Chemical will be setting a class-action lawsuit for $835 million. The company made the announcement Friday, explaining that it now has less of a chance of winning its appeal at the Supreme Court, the Wall Street Journal reports. In 2013, Dow was... More »

Secret Society of Hunters at Ranch When Scalia Died

The International Order of St. Hubertus was founded in the 17th century

(Newser) - A new detail has emerged in the death of Antonin Scalia: The US Supreme Court justice spent his last hours with members of the International Order of St. Hubertus, a "secretive society of elite hunters," the Washington Post reports. Public records reviewed by the Post revealed that some... More »

Scalia Had a Slew of Health Issues

Justice suffered from diabetes, obesity, other ailments: doctor

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suffered from a host of ailments that contributed to his death, including coronary artery disease, obesity, and diabetes, according to a letter from his physician. The letter—addressed to Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who determined Scalia died of a heart attack and no autopsy... More »

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Justice Scalia

His son, Rev. Paul Scalia, led the service

(Newser) - Thousands of people attended Saturday's funeral Mass in Washington DC for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the AP reports. The Mass was held at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church—the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Paul Scalia—one of... More »

Scalia's Host at Ranch Had Case Before Supreme Court

Washington Post raises questions about ethics of such trips

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists have some out-there questions about the death of Antonin Scalia, but the Washington Post is focused on a more practical matter: his professional ties to the owner of the luxury ranch where he was staying in Texas. Scalia wasn't being charged for his visit to the private... More »

Perfect Scalia Solution: Put O’Connor Back on Court

Two political science professors make the case

(Newser) - There may be a lively debate about whether President Obama should be able to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court, but one person with a unique perspective thinks it's a no-brainer: "I think we need somebody there now to do the job, and let's... More »

Obama Will Skip Scalia Funeral

Biden will attend DC service instead

(Newser) - In what some conservative commentators are calling a major snub, President Obama will not be attending Antonin Scalia's funeral on Saturday. Instead, Joe Biden will attend the service at Washington DC's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, NBC reports. "The president will pay his... More »

Obama: SCOTUS Nominee Will Be 'Indisputably Qualified'

President says there's 'plenty of time' for hearing and confirmation during his term

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would nominate a candidate who is "indisputably" qualified to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the AP reports. He called on the staunch Republican opposition in the Senate to rise above "venom and rancor" and give the nominee a vote. "... More »

'Something Fishy' Going on With Scalia's Death?

Chaos, confusion still shroud Scalia's demise

(Newser) - Antonin Scalia's death —how it was handled, who made what decisions, and why—is appearing murkier than recent articles suggest. A former top homicide official even says "there is something fishy going on" with the Supreme Court Justice's demise. To sum up:
  • Presidio County Judge
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Scalia's Death May Affect 6 Big Cases

While Ted Cruz says he'll filibuster any Obama nomination

(Newser) - The death of Antonin Scalia has set the stage for a massive partisan battle during a time that was already unlikely to go down in history as a golden age of bipartisan cooperation in DC. The biggest dispute centers on whether nominating a Supreme Court successor during an election year... More »

Judge: Here's How Scalia Died

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara says it was natural

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists, take a deep breath: A Texas judge has officially deemed Antonin Scalia's death a natural one, WFAA reports. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara says the Supreme Court justice died of a heart attack. Guevara says she heard about Scalia's death from a sheriff, and was planning... More »

Who Might Take Scalia's Seat?

Look toward the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

(Newser) - With the death of Antonin Scalia , the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, comes the inevitable question of who might succeed him on the bench. Some of the bigger names being floated, via USA Today and Roll Call :
  • Sri Srinivasan: The 48-year-old Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit judge
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Obama: I Will Nominate, Expect a 'Timely Vote'

Republicans want him to hold off on Scalia seat in election year

(Newser) - President Obama paid tribute to the late Antonin Scalia Saturday night, but he also made clear that he intends to nominate a successor despite Republican opposition to that idea. "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time," said Obama, per Politico . "... More »

Some Votes Cast by Scalia Will Now Be Void

If the case hasn't been publicly decided, including a big union one

(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?
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Will Obama Be Able to Pick Scalia's Successor?

Senate is being asked to hold off on any nominee

(Newser) - The unexpected death of Antonin Scalia in the midst of an election year already has people calling on the Senate to hold off confirming any nominee that President Obama might put forward. Ted Cruz was one of the first: "We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the... More »

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dead at 79

Reagan appointed him in 1986

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday at a resort outside of Marfa, Texas, KVIA reports. According to the San Antonio Express- News , the 79-year-old appears to have died from natural causes. Scalia was the longest-serving justice currently on the Supreme Court, having been nominated by Ronald Reagan... More »

Scalia: God Is Good to US Because US 'Honors' Him

'Unlike the other countries of the world'

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the US exactly because Americans honor him. Scalia was speaking at a Catholic high school in a New Orleans suburb. Scalia is... More »

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