U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

Politics, News

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a man who wielded massive influence on conservative thought and practice over three decades spent on the highest court in the land, died Saturday at the age of 79, leaving a gaping hole in the center of the government’s judicial branch, and American politics in general. His passing sets up a huge election year fight over who might replace him, and whether conservatives in Congress will even allow a vote to proceed during President Barack Obama’s remaining months in office.

See below for some initial tweets and reactions from court-watchers and political onlookers; look for more coverage on AvvoStories as the situation develops.