Ilya Somin: Justice Antonin Scalia, RIP


Yes, it's the Washington Post . . . but it's also Ilya Somin.  A valiant defender of the Second Amendment has been lost:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly earlier Saturday. He was the senior associate justice on the Court, and possibly its best-known conservative. Few experts would deny that he was one of the most important and influential Supreme Court justices of the last several decades.

Scalia’s most significant legacy is his insightful defense of originalism in constitutional theory and textualism in statutory interpretation. Both textualism and originalism have far more support today than they did back when he was first appointed to the Court, thirty years ago. Significantly, some of that support crosses ideological lines, as a new generation of liberal originalists has emerged in the academic world, and left of center judges resort to originalist arguments considerably more often than they did a generation ago. While the rise of originalism and textualism has many causes, some of that progress is undoubtedly due to Scalia’s forceful and effective advocacy.

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