Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79

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  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Feb. 16, 2016 6:08 a.m.

    @Liberty For All --

    "Based on the loss of our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. "

    WHAT loss?? Please be specific.

    And please, don't hand me any claptrap about bakers and wedding cakes. Civil Rights Act, 1964.

    Since this is an article about Scalia, the following quote is especially relevant --

    Antonin Scalia writing for the majority, Employment Division v. Smith:

    "We have never held that an individual's religious beliefs excuse him from compliance with an otherwise valid law.... On the contrary, the record of more than a century of our free exercise jurisprudence contradicts that proposition. [....] To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself..... the right of free exercise does not relieve an individual of the obligation to comply with a valid and neutral law of general applicability...."

    "if prohibiting the exercise of religion...is not the object..., but merely the incidental effect of a generally applicable and otherwise valid provision, the First Amendment has not been offended."

  • Liberty For All Cedar, UT
    Feb. 15, 2016 7:57 p.m.

    Based on the loss of our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. I believe the good Lord concurs with our Republican Leaders and Presidential candidates. The voters should decide from the next election who they want to appoint to the Supreme Court.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 15, 2016 3:33 p.m.

    @one old man--why do you want a communist for president?

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Feb. 14, 2016 10:21 p.m.

    @ Frozen Fractals:It's alright for Democrats to appoint liberal judges --- But not for Republicans to appoint conservative Judges. Little Hypocrisy don't you think ---You call them activist judges. --- I think that label would surely apply to to the liberal judges on the court now more than to the conservatives in my opinion. -- You are entitled to your opinion but you can't have it both ways.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Feb. 14, 2016 10:08 p.m.

    Obama is free to nominate someone to fill the vacancy. No one can stop him -- However the Senate also has the right to confirm or not confirm.Looking at the 2 he has already put on the court we know he does not have the courage to nominate someone who will be more like Scalia .The majority of the people prefer a conservative judge like Scalia than a liberal like the 2 he has nominated. I have no problem on the senate disapproving some one that doesn't fit the profile of Obama's thinking.They should do all in their power to do so if he nominates a liberal like the 2 he has already done.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2016 1:25 p.m.

    The final GOP obstruction should cost them big in the elections.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 14, 2016 12:32 p.m.

    TRUTH,Salt Lake City,UT;
    "Delay delay delay until after election......sad day for the constitution and real Americans"

    This is exactly what is wrong with the republican party. Their mentality of obstructionism has set this country back. They have the mind set that, "If we don't get what we want than the whole country will suffer'. How completely disgusting of them! Their behavior once again is treasonous.

    The American family, our vets and our future has been derailed by stubborn and ridiculously stupid behavior. It is time to put an end to it and work for America.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 14, 2016 5:34 a.m.

    Hey Harrsion Bergeron -

    "Just when you think things cannot get any worse..."

    Ha!

    We all KNOW things can get much, much, much worse.

    Who can forget the horrible malfeasance of our last Republican administration? The whole world is STILL suffering from that.

    Hey Mick -

    "It is well within the rights of the republicans to block any nomination by Obama."

    Well . . . Congressional Republicans routinely exercise their "right" to obstruct progress in this nation.

    They might as well enjoy it while they can.

    Let them obstruct Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court . . . Because in 2017, after Hillary Clinton takes office along with Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress . . . SHE can appoint the next Supreme Court Justice.

    . . . Someone with character, wisdom, knowledge, and a sense of justice . . . Hmmm . . . Someone like Barack Obama.

    Haha!

    PERFECT!

    So yes . . . By all means . . . Let them obstruct. I'm sure President Obama won't mind that much . . . And he can be preparing for his next role in government throughout the rest of the year, can't he?

    Supreme Court Justice . . . Barack Hussein Obama will be an invaluable addition to the judiciary, won't he?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 14, 2016 12:02 a.m.

    @mick
    So it is the duty of congress to impede the work of the SCOTUS for a full year? Some might call such behavior dereliction of duty.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 9:05 p.m.

    This makes it even more important that we elect a sensible -- progressive president.

    Bernie Sanders.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Feb. 13, 2016 9:02 p.m.

    I'm surprised at how deeply saddened I feel considering how much I disagreed with him philosophically. But I saw a few of his speeches and read a few things about him which gave me a fuller picture of this remarkable human being. And I genuinely admired his frankness. I like people who aren't afraid to be exactly who they are. I'm terribly sorry for his family. I can imagine that a personality such as his will leave a gaping hole.

    I am sickened by the reaction of the GOP.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 13, 2016 8:21 p.m.

    It is scary to see people on here advocating for the overtun of the Citizens United decision and thus an overturning of the 1st amendment. People have the right to speak about political issues, and to speak you need to use money.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 13, 2016 8:20 p.m.

    I hope the Republicans in the senate stand true to their duty to monitor appointments and make support for the Hobby Lobby decision and the right of unborn children to be treated as people non-negotiable points on any nominee.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 7:38 p.m.

    Delay delay delay until after election......sad day for the constitution and real Americans

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:52 p.m.

    Then Dems may have won the WH but there have been two landslide midterm elections in favor of the republicans. And it is their responsibility to vet and confirm a nominee. It is well within the rights of the republicans to block any nomination by Obama. His nominations thus far have been bench legislating disasters.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:38 p.m.

    Scalia is known as an "originalist" in how he viewed the Constitution; decisions should be made based on original intent of the Founding Fathers. But I'm not sure that's an accurate statement, because so much has changed since the Founding Fathers created our Constitution.

    For example, Scalia said that regarding the 2nd Amendment, the framers of the Constitution intended any weapon that could be carried on your shoulder, which he admitted, included Stinger missiles and bazookas, and could conceivably include nuclear weapons.

    I'm pretty sure the Founding Fathers would not agree with that position, on that type of weaponry. If Scalia was a literal "originalist", the 2nd Amendment would apply to pistols of that day, and muskets, not the laser-sighted AR-15s we have today.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:28 p.m.

    @Mad Hatter: "As usually, the Republicans continue to disrespect President Obama and interfere with his duties."

    Senate Majority Leader McConnel immediately declared "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice" and promised to block any Obama nominee.

    Obama is the legally elected president of the United States, elected by a clear majority of voters.

    Seems like the American people *do* have a voice, and seems like the party that lost the White House to Obama twice don't like it.

    As usual, the Republicans are disrespecting the Constitution and the American people.

  • Jimbo Low PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:20 p.m.

    @Hutterite:
    "He was proof positive that judges are not detached, professional adjudicators of the law. They're political lapdogs."
    Now there will be one fewer actual adjudicator of the law to point out the lapdogs. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:18 p.m.

    @Vanceone: "Looking around the internet, Democrats and progressives are saying the most vile things about you and cheering your passing."

    Scalia said some pretty horrible things about many Americans, and his hurtful words weren't just idle chatter in cyberspace- they we official SCOTUS decisions and dissents. He hurt people. He interpreted the Constitution like he thought the slave-owning white male aristocracy of 250 years ago wanted it interpreted and he helped limit rights and freedoms and hurt people.

    I don't celebrate the death of anyone ever. But I certainly understand the angry expressions of some at the death of Scalia. I saw him as brilliant if self-centered, I know his family will miss him, and I wish him well on journey.

    We need another Ginsberg. Brilliant. Witty. Wise. Aware of real people in the real world today. And a woman. For two centuries the court was 9 men. Time for it to be 9 women for a hundred years or so.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:10 p.m.

    Cruz and Rubio state that the will of the people should be heard? Already making this a political issue.

    The will of the people has been heard, the majority of Americans voted Obama President. That is the current will of the people.

    What will they say if the GOP looses the Executive branch this election? "We meant the next will of the people."

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:07 p.m.

    I've already read comments that President Obama should not be allowed to nominate a justice. The people who say that often speak of 'the constitution' yet only when it suits them. The Constitution calls for the President to nominate justices for the Senate to approve. It's part of our "checks and balances".

    Ok you "Constitutionalists", let the document work! I'm including those members of the Senate who cry about the Constitution the loudest.

  • Utah_Happyman Orem, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:04 p.m.

    Thank you for your service Justice Scalia, Let this country move forward with a new justice picked by the President and vetted and approved by Congress. Change is good, obstruction is what is hurting this great nation.

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 6:00 p.m.

    President Obama is President of the United States of America for nearly another full year. It is his responsibility and duty to nominate a person to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 5:55 p.m.

    The Senate Majority Leader is already saying that they shouldn't approve any nominee until after the elections. The Republican party is trying to steal the court because we know full well that if RBG were to pass or reisgn during a President Rubio or Cruz's term, they would have no qualms with appointing a conservative justice. Democrats supporting Clinton or Sanders need to keep this in mind and vote for the nominee in the general so that the Supreme Court doesn't take away decades of progress just because a Rubio or Cruz wants to stack the court with conservative activist judges.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 5:25 p.m.

    Condolences to the Scalia family although I was not a big fan. Justice Scalia's interpretation of the Constitution and conservative views did not settle well with me. This comes as a shock. However, and I am saddened when anyone's life is cut short.

    Isn't it the prerogative of the president to nominate Supreme Court justices? Turing the death of Justice Scalia into a political fight means going on without a full Court for more than a year. As usually, the Republicans continue to disrespect President Obama and interfere with his duties.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Feb. 13, 2016 5:23 p.m.

    Justice Scalia, rest in peace, you served your country honorably. Now, hopefully the POTUS will quickly nominate a liberal to the bench and the country can build on the momentum from the recent most historic and correct SCOTUS decisions. Times they are a changing and for the better.

  • theDailyObserver Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2016 5:07 p.m.

    "How enviable a death", huh Mr. Scalia? May your family find comfort, and you rest in peace.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 4:49 p.m.

    Justice Scalia was one of the keenest legal minds of our times. He was not an "activist" and therefore reviled by the liberals, but he was an "originalist" determined to perform the Supreme Court's duties as the founders intended and specified in the Constitution.

    Aside from the loss of a great individual, this provides and unexpected opportunity for President Obama to appoint yet another hard left activist judge who will hasten the demise of our once great nation, instead of preserving and protecting it.

    RIP Justice Scalia. You are missed already.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 4:05 p.m.

    He was proof positive that judges are not detached, professional adjudicators of the law. They're political lapdogs.

  • rusby Minneapolis, MN
    Feb. 13, 2016 3:56 p.m.

    This is terrible news.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 3:53 p.m.

    Just when you think things cannot get any worse...

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 13, 2016 3:47 p.m.

    Wow! . . . What a shame . . . And so totally unexpected.

    I wonder where President Obama is going to find anyone else as "Conservative" as Scalia?

    Hmmmm . . . Obama will probably have to settle for a Liberal to take his place.

    And then maybe we can revisit the Citizens United decision??

    It's not too late to rectify the mistakes of the past, is it?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2016 3:43 p.m.

    WOW! I'm shocked. Rest in peace, Justice Scalia.