Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.
Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek ranch resort in the region south of Marfa.
According to a report Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.
Reviewing Fat Tony’s uh. . .achievements will doubtless occupy the “Mainstream” in the coming days. Of most interest to me –
District of Columbia v. Heller
was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution applies to federal enclaves and protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. The decision did not address the question of whether the Second Amendment extends beyond federal enclaves to the states, which was addressed later by McDonald v. Chicago (2010). It was the first Supreme Court case to decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Heller v. District of Columbia. The Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 as unconstitutional, determined that handguns are “arms” for the purposes of the Second Amendment, found that the Regulations Act was an unconstitutional ban, and struck down the portion of the Regulations Act that requires all firearms including rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock.” Prior to this decision the Firearms Control Regulation Act of 1975 also restricted residents from owning handguns except for those registered prior to 1975.
And thanks to Heller we got Columbine!
Fat Tony’s antipathy to TEH GHEH is well known — though he did manage to share a stage with Our King
His dissent in Lawrence V. Texas is fascinating
And just as Fat Tony predicted we got Marriage!
This of course greatly displeased him
Poor baby. I’m sure Kim Davis will be glad to be a pallbearer.
As for his uncharacteristically banal end, here’s the one he deserved.