The United States Supreme Court has recently lost a huge member. Conservative-icon Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Justice Scalia was appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan and served for nearly three decades on the Supreme Court. In the past 60 years, Justice Scalia is only the second Supreme Court Justice to have passed away while still in office.
Justice Scalia is known for changing oral arguments, as he became an active participant posing tough questions for attorneys.
He is also known for his landmark decision District of Columbia v. Heller, holding that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a firearm at home. He was a critic of Roe v. Wade and dissented in last term’s same-sex marriage cases.
President Obama is currently considering a replacement for Justice Scalia’s seat; however, there has been much in the news regarding whether President Obama should be able to make this appointment during the remainder of his term, or whether it should be left to the next United States President. The Senate has expressed its refusal to allow the President to make this appointment.