With the death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the high court lost its most fervent supporter of and adherent to the Constitution, and conservatives lost the judiciary’s greatest friend and most brilliant voice.
Initial reports indicate that Scalia, the court’s longest serving justice, died of natural causes at a private residence in the Big Bend area of south Texas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed the news and issued this statement:
“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.”
What Scalia was best known for were his words — sometimes witty, other times scathing and at all times memorable.
In his concurring opinion allowing fully nude dancers in Indiana, he observed, “The purpose of Indiana’s nudity law would be violated, I think, if 60,000 fully consenting adults crowded into the Hoosierdome to display their genitals to one another.”
While arguing in support of enhanced interrogation techniques at an Ottawa, Canada law conference, he used the fictional “24” hero to observe, “Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles. … He saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Are you going to convict Jack Bauer? Say that criminal law is against him?”
When a someone once argued that a Texas statute restricted liberty, Scalia replied, “[The Texas anti-sodomy statute] undoubtedly imposes constraints on liberty. So do laws prohibiting prostitution, recreational use of heroin, and, for that matter, working more than 60 hours per week in a bakery.”
And using a colorful choice of words, the associate justice admonished the majority’s tortuous gymnastics to find the Affordable Care Act Constitutional, calling it “Jiggery-pokery, pure applesauce.”
And on that note, Fox Business Network’s Kennedy observed:
There is much jiggery-pokery in heaven tonight #RIPJusticeScalia
— Kennedy (@KennedyNation) February 13, 2016
And there is much mourning down here on Earth, for we shall never see such another.
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