The Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016. He was 79. Scalia, the first Italian American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

Justice Scalia will be remembered as one of the most polarizing figures on the Court in recent memory. At the same time, he is being remembered as the intellectual cornerstone of the Court’s modern conservative wing. After learning of his death, President Obama reflected on Justice Scalia’s passing:

“For almost 30 years, Justice Antonin ‘Nino’ Scalia was a larger than ­life presence on the bench: a brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit, and colorful opinions…. He will no doubt be remembered as one of the most consequential judges and thinkers to serve on the Supreme Court….”