Following news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, FreedomWorks Foundation Executive Director Curt Levey commented:
“Justice Scalia will be remembered as one of the most influential Supreme Court justices in the history of the court. He used his enormous intellect and untiring devotion to objective, text-based interpretation of the Constitution to uphold the rule of law. He did more than anyone else to turn the tide against the decades of judicial activism that peaked in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Today, we mourn Justice Scalia’s death, celebrate his life, and honor his love of country.”
“The president and Senate owe it to this great man to replace him with someone who shares his principled, non-activist approach to the law and, ideally, is chosen after the American people have a chance to speak this November. Nominating a controversial replacement for Scalia in the middle of a heated presidential election would ensure a confirmation fight more politicized than this nation has ever seen. That would hardly be a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his legal career to the principle that judges should interpret the law objectively rather than politically.”
“Regardless of how the confirmation process plays out, the Court will be operating with eight justices in the months ahead, but that has not impeded the Court’s work when justices recuse themselves from a case, and it will not do so now.”
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