Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away in Texas, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement issued today.
“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law,” Abbott said. “He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
Abbott did not indicate the cause of death, but several news outlets reported that he died of natural causes while in Texas this weekend. Scalia, 79, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1986.
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UPDATED: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell posted a comment on Facebook saying that the U.S. Senate should not confirm a replacement for Scalia until after the 2016 election.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell wrote. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
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