Senior Associate Justice Reportedly Died Of Natural Causes After Quail Hunting
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Scalia, nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, was a guest at a Texas luxury resort, the Cibolo Creek Ranch.
"According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body," the San Antonio Express News reports.
"A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes."
KVIA adds that Scalia "did not report feeling ill and retired to his room after dinner," and "died in his sleep last night after a day of quail hunting."
All updates will appear below and are in Eastern Standard Time (EST):
UPDATE I 5:20 PM –
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott issues a statement on Scalia's passing, is the first to politicize his passing:
UPDATE II 5:30 PM –
Reports of conservatives demanding the Senate not confirm any Obama nominee to replace Justice Scalia are flooding in, including this from the co-founder of the far-right wing opinion site, The Federalist:
If Scalia has actually passed away, the Senate must refuse to confirm any justices in 2016 and leave the nomination to the next president.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 13, 2016
Also, this just in:
BREAKING: US Marshall's Service confirms that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 13, 2016
Chief Justice John Roberts has issued a statement:
UPDATE III: 5:48 PM –
ThinkProgress' Judd Legum reports:
"Mere moments after his death was confirmed, Conn Carroll, a key staffer for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), promised Republicans would block anyone that Obama nominated."
"The longest it has ever taken to confirm a Supreme Court nominee is 125 days. Obama has 361 days left in office."
UPDATE IV: 5:50 PM EST –
Some responses from notables via Twitter:
We now have divided government. Democrats control White House. Republicans control Congress. And neither side controls the Supreme Court.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 13, 2016
Ted Cruz of course wants to make the nomination. Offensive.
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
Others weigh in:
Sudden death of Justice Scalia is a seismic event, and surely will reverberate in campaign, focusing both sides on stakes.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 13, 2016
George W. Bush statement on Scalia pic.twitter.com/ja5Io3KDvK— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) February 13, 2016
Obama must appoint a constitutional originalist to replace Justice Scalia, nothing else will do.— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) February 13, 2016
Cruz statement on Scalia death. pic.twitter.com/EUQkyW8dqt— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) February 13, 2016
The totally unexpected loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a massive setback for the Conservative movement and our COUNTRY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2016
Full statement from Donald Trump on Scalia's death pic.twitter.com/3EiMVPG2rg— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 13, 2016
UPDATE V: 6:42 PM –
My thoughts and prayers are with Justice Scalia's family and his colleagues on the court who mourn his passing. pic.twitter.com/Y51xUMMEId— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 13, 2016
UPDATE VI: 7:51 PM –
UPDATE VII: 9:16 PM –
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