February 13, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 13, 2016 -- The Heritage Foundation today paid tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death at age 79 comes after nearly 30 years of faithful service on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I am greatly saddened by the passing of Antonin Scalia, who was a great friend and one of the most outstanding justices on the Supreme Court," said Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General and Heritage's Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow. "He was a historic jurist, an exceptional legal scholar, and a stalwart defender of the Constitution as it was given to the nation by our Founders. He fulfilled President Reagan's greatest expectations by his commitment to the rule of law and his personal integrity. My deepest sympathy to his wife, Maureen, and to the rest of his wonderful family."
Added Heritage Founder Ed Feulner: "He was more than just a first-rate Supreme Court justice. He had a deep and abiding commitment to the Constitution and to applying its principles to the cases that came before him. He didn't 'legislate from the bench' or come up with imaginary loopholes to bring about some political result. He did what any justice should do, regardless of personal preference: He applied the law as written. The nation is far better for his three decades on the Court."
Heritage President Jim DeMint called Scalia "one of the wisest judges in our history, whose passion for our Constitution inspired countless others. He had a sharp intellect and an inquiring mind. His fidelity to our founding principles and the rule of law will be sorely missed on our highest court. He will be very difficult to replace. We pray that God may comfort his family at this difficult time, guide our political leaders in selecting his successor -- and that he may rest in peace."