Antonin Scalia, American judge, Died at 79

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Antonin Gregory Scalia/Listeni/skəˈliːə/ was born on March 11, 1936, and died on February 12 or 13, 2016.

He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

He served from 1986 until his death in 2016.

He was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia was described as the intellectual anchor at the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing.

Mr. Scalia was a resident of Trenton, New Jersey and attended public grade school and Xavier High School in New York City, then Georgetown University, to obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School and spent six years in a Cleveland law firm before he became a law school professor at the University of Virginia.

During the early 1970s, he served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, finally as an Assistant Attorney General.

He spent most of the Carter years teaching at the University of Chicago, where he became one of the first faculty advisers of the fledgling Federalist Society.

Ronald Reagan appointed him as judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in 1982.

Reagan appointed him to the Supreme Court, in 1986.

Scalia was asked few tough questions by the Senate Judiciary Committee and was consistently confirmed by the Senate, becoming the first Italian-American justice.

Scalia served on the Court for nearly thirty years, during which he established a solidly conservative voting record and ideology, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation.

Antonin Scalia was a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas.

Antonin Scalia defended affirmative action and other policies that treated minorities as groups.

Antonin Scalia filed separate opinions in many cases and often castigated the Court’s majority in his minority opinions using scathing language.

Maureen McCarthy became his wife, whom he met on a blind date while he was at Harvard Law School, on September 10, 1960.

Antonin Scalia passed away at 79 yrs old.