SCOTUS Justice Scalia found dead at Texas hunting resort

The unexpected death of Justice Scalia has big repercussions for upcoming court cases and the race for the presidency.

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Supreme Court sexism?

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had to deal increasingly with the question whether she’ll step down from the bench while a Democratic president is still in office.  Yes, she is 80 years old- the oldest member of the Court- and there’s the danger of health issues forcing a resignation during a conservative presidency.  But hey, but the life expectancy of women in the US is five years more than men.  That means that Justice Scalia (77) should consider stepping down as well as Justice Kennedy (77) and Breyer (75), right?  At least we should expect more interviewers asking them the question only posed to Justice Ginsburg…


The World of Justice Scalia

Here’s a well-informed Supreme Court Justice of the United States.  According to a New York Magazine article, Justice Scalia only reads The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.  He admits he gets most of his news from talk radio and his favorite host is Bill Bennett.Scalia

*update: Be sure to read Justice Scalia’s answer to why he became an avid hunter.  Scalia recounts when his grandfather and namesake Antonino became too old to go out into the woods, he would sit on the back porch and shoot rabbits who ventured out in the vegetable garden.  When the interviewer suggests this isn’t a very sporting way to hunt, Scalia excuses it because his grandfather was 85 at the time.  I wonder if Justice Scalia will be metaphorically shooting defenseless things from the Court bench in his old age…

*update #2: “… the only heroic opinion I ever issued— was my statement refusing to recuse”,  Justice Scalia said of his decision not to recuse himself from the case which involved former Vice-president Cheney, his hunting buddy.  If I can find the cartoon I did about that case, I’ll post it soon.

Found it!  From 2004:ScaliaResponseRecusalSM

Live sketching Obama’s 2013 State of the Union tonight

So much news- the Pope announcing his resignation, the ex-LAPD officer is in a standoff with police at Big Bear, and the State of the Union is only 2 hrs away.  I’ll be doing live sketches  during the SOTU speech so I hope you’ll follow via the Washington Post or twitter.   For you dog lovers, the Westminster Dog Show is also on tonight.  In case you’ll have to miss it, here’s a taste of our own Washington Worst of Breed:ScaliaBulldogSM

Sketches from 2013 Inauguration

I was live-sketching for the Washington Post today; here’s what I ended up with:Hillary&BillScalia'sHatsMoreScaliaHatsSpeakerBoehnerThe ObamasJoeBiden