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Glass walls and black curtains

Bill Coffin | February 29, 2016

On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at the age of 79 at a ranch in Shafter, Texas. Scalia was one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative justices, and was widely regarded as the intellectual linchpin for originalist and textualist interpretations of the Constitution. He was also widely regarded—both by those who supported and who opposed his views—as one of the United States’ most brilliant legal minds. His staunch positions on many of the social issues brought to the Supreme Court placed him firmly within the public eye in a way that other Justices are not, and for that, Scalia took an awful lot of heat from his detractors. And yet, he was known as a great friend of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and even comedian Stephen Colbert—who often made jokes at Scalia’s expense—had a touching story about Scalia’s sense of humor and humanity when Scalia was the lone person in the crowd who complimented Colbert on his edgy and...

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