Justice Scalia, longest-serving on high court, dies after hunting trip
- The Washington Times 

Justice Antonin Scalia. (Associated Press) ** FILE **Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia, 79, an important conservative voice on the high court, has died.

Scalia died in his sleep during a hunting trip in Texas, after telling friends Friday night that he didn’t feel well.

He was the longest-serving current justice on the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
President Obama called Scalia “one of the towering legal figures of our time.”
“He influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students, and profoundly shaped the legal landscape,” Mr. Obama said from Rancho Mirage, California, where he was playing golf. “He will no doubt be remembered as one of the most consequential judges and thinkers to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Pushing back against Republicans who want a new president to nominate a justice in 2017, Mr. Obama said he intends to nominate a replacement for Scalia “in due time.
Former President George W. Bush issued a statement calling Scalia “a brilliant jurist and an important American.”

“He was a towering figure and important judge on our Nation’s highest court,” Mr. Bush said. “He brought intellect, good judgment, and wit to the bench, and he will be missed by his colleagues and our country.”

Chief Justice John Roberts called Scalia “an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues.”