Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79; Obama to nominate SCOTUS replacement

Sun. February 14, 2016 8:56 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday in Texas. He was 79.

According to various reports, Scalia died of natural causes.

The associate justice was found dead by a person associated with Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas after he failed to appear for breakfast. Scalia attended a private party on Friday at the luxury resort with about 40 people.

An unnamed federal official told the San Antonio-Express News that there was no evidence of foul play.

Conservatives immediately announced that they would attempt to block President Barack Obama from appointing Scalia's successor. Republican presidential candidates Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Ben Carson said that the "next president" should name his replacement.

CNN reported that Obama will nominate Scalia's replacement and that a likely candidate is federal Judge Sri Srinivasan, 48.

Scalia, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, is known for his strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Last year, he lashed out at the court's majority decision striking down state bans on gay marriage. It was "the furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants," he said.

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