We are saddened to learn of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (March 11, 1936—February 13, 2016). The following are taken from comments from his associates on the United States Supreme Court:
Justice Stephen G. Breyer:
Nino Scalia was a legal titan. He used his great energy, fine mind, and stylistic genius to further the rule of law as he saw it. He was man of integrity and wit. His interests were wide ranging as was his knowledge about law, this Nation and its Constitution. He loved his family. He also loved ideas, music, and the out of doors. . . . Our hearts go out to Maureen and his family. We have lost a fine colleague and a very good friend. . . .
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired):
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia. Nino was a tireless public servant who left an indelible mark on the Court and on our jurisprudence. His gifts of wisdom, wit, and wordsmithing were unparalleled, and he will be sorely missed.
Justice John Paul Stevens (Retired):
Nino Scalia was a good friend, a brilliant man with an incomparable sense of humor, and as articulate as any Justice who ever served on the Court.
Justice Anthony Kennedy:
In years to come any history of the Supreme Court will, and must, recount the wisdom, scholarship, and technical brilliance that Justice Scalia brought to the Court. His insistence on demanding standards shaped the work of the Court in its private discussions, its oral arguments, and its written opinions. . . .
As one of the Four who Opposed the Obergefell v. Hodges Decision
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said:
So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree [mid-2015 ruling] says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.
Legal “marriage” between a man and another man, or between a woman and another woman—that is irrelevant. “Adahmeve,” although holding no legal standing from any government authority, refers specifically to marriage between a man and a woman, pointing only to that husband-wife relationship.
I was sad to learn, from the Feb-2016 issue of Chess Life, of the passing of IM Kim Commons, who was originally from Southern California. He died in Arizona on June 23, 2015, at the age of 63, after a major stroke.