Saturday, February 13, 2016

Antonin Scalia 1936-2016

Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving Justice on the Supreme Court, was found dead today while on a hunting vacation at a ranch in western Texas.  Reports indicate that he appears to have died of natural causes.

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, to a father who had immigrated from Italy and a mother whose parents had also come from Italy.  He was an only child.  When he was 6, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York.  He would attend Xavier High School in Manhattan, Georgetown University, and Harvard Law School.  During his professional career, Scalia worked for a law firm in Cleveland and taught law at the University of Virginia, before entering government service.  He served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel and as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, before being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Scalia is survived by his widow Maureen and their nine children.

Read more at MySA, The Hill, The New York Times, CBS News and Politico.

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