Fight for control of the Supreme Court: How sudden death of Justice Scalia, 79, sets up monumental clash between Obama and Senate Republicans as President vows to nominate his successor

Sunday, February 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

Scalia, 79, died of apparent natural causes at the Cibolo Creek Ranch south of Marfa, Texas, on Saturday
The Supreme Court Justice was at the resort to go quail hunting and to attend a party on Friday
When he didn’t show up for breakfast on Saturday, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body
Scalia was nominated to the US Supreme Court in 1986 and is the longest-serving justice
He leaves behind wife of 55 years, Maureen, and their nine children
Obama called him ‘larger than life’ and ‘brilliant legal mind’
The president also assured Americans he would fulfill his responsibilities to fill Scalia’s vacant seat ‘in due time’
Republican senators and presidential hopefuls have called on Obama to leave the choice to his successor in 2016

14 February 2016

President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would honor his responsibility to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama first paid tribute to the 79-year-old Justice, who was found dead from natural causes on Saturday at a hunting ranch in West Texas, calling him ‘larger than life’ and a ‘brilliant legal mind’.

The president’s comments followed those of Republicans who wasted little time Saturday night, as news of Scalia’s unexpected death spread, arguing that Obama should leave the choice to his successor.

But Obama was quick to remind that the day was meant to ‘remember Justice Scalia’s legacy’.

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