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The major Supreme Court news story this week, of course, was the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday. Initial reports from NPR, USA Today, The New York Times, and CNN. Admirers and critics of the Justice have reflected on his legacy. Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress wrote that, “Scalia was among the most passionate–and persuasive–advocates for judicial restraint ever to sit on the Supreme Court.” On the Washington Post, Scalia’s former clerk Tara Kole reflected on her time with the Justice. Past ISCOTUS director Carolyn Shapiro wrote an op-ed for CNN on “How Scalia Played With Fire” and current director Chris Schmidt wrote on ISCOTUSnow about the Justice’s unique ability to spark public debate about the Court and the Constitution when speaking off the bench. At The Atlantic, Jeffrey Rosen wrote an appreciative assessment. At Slate, Eric Posner wrote about “The Tragedy of Antonin Scalia.”
Then there are the wave of conspiracy theories surrounding Scalia’s death. Accounts can be found at The Hill, Mother Jones, the LA Times, and CNN. The Washington Post ran a story examining why people believe these kinds of conspiracy theories.
What will the impact of Justice Scalia’s death be on the Court’s remaining cases this term? At BloombergView, Noah Feldman considers the key cases that may “flip” because of his death. Further coverage from San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and USA Today.
Speculations abound on who will fill the empty seat in the Supreme Court. The New York Times offers a Q&A on the process and a piece on what Scalia would want in a successor. Slate had an article on the risk Republicans run if they block a potential moderate Obama nominee.