Remembering Antonin Scalia

Natasha Caudill, Staff Writer

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of natural causes at a Texas ranch on the morning of Saturday the 13th.

In 1986, under President Ronald Reagan, Scalia was unanimously voted onto the Supreme Court with a total of 98 senators seeing him fit for the job. Scalia interpreted the Constitution as it was, upholding his belief that it did not need to be adjusted for present day cases. He often bluntly dissented against cases for which he did not agree, and was the court’s leading conservative. Throughout his career, he remained a steadfast opponent of abortion rights and attempted to strike down the famous Roe v. Wade case. Scalia also opposed gay rights and felt that the issues associated with them had not been meant for the Bill of Rights. In a landmark case, he wrote the ruling that upheld a citizen’s right to own a firearm. Federalism and the separation of powers within government were two things he believed would uphold individual rights.

As of right now, President Barack Obama is faced with the task of appointing a new judge. His choice could tip the balance of power on the high court and although he only has eleven more months in office, he has made it clear that he will make his decision in due time. In a statement, Obama praised Scalia, “…as one of the most consequential judges and thinkers to serve on the Supreme Court.”