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Funeral Ceremonies To Begin For Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2016 06:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will lie in repose Friday in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court.

The public will be allowed to pay their respects to the jurist who died unexpectly last weekend while on a hunting trip in Texas. His death has been ruled as natural causes. Published reports say he had been experiencing health problems but kept them private.

In a sign of respect, Scalia's flag-draped casket will be guarded the entire time by his former law clerks, who will take turns honoring their beloved boss and mentor.

Justice Scalia will lie in reposes beginning in the early morning. The public will be allowed to file from 10:30 a.m. to  p.m.

 
Statement of Sen. Thom Tillis on Supreme Court Vacancy PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis released the following statement this week about the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Tillis is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The statement can be found at tillis.senate.gov.

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“We are in midst of a great debate about the future of our country, including the future make-up of the highest court in the land, which makes decisions that affect the lives of all Americans.  Unfortunately, the uninhibited expansion of President Obama’s administrative state and his penchant for executive orders that contort the rule of law suggest an utter contempt for our nation’s system of checks and balances.

“It is highly likely that the President will nominate someone who shares his views and will rubber-stamp his unilateral actions, which run counter to the original intent of our Constitution. This is why it is incumbent upon the Senate to assert its co-equal authority in the constitutionally prescribed process of determining the make-up of the highest court. I firmly believe the voice of the American people should be heavily weighted in that decision and their voice will soon be heard on Election Day. Given the current circumstances, the process of filling the Supreme Court vacancy would be best left to the next President.”

 
President Obama Announces Appointments To Key Administration Posts PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 06:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Barack Obama will nominate the following people to key Administration posts. Detailed biographies can be found at whitehouse.gov.

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  -- Christine Ann Elder –   Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, Department of State

  --  Elizabeth Holzhall Richard – Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic, Department of State

-- Ranvir Trehan – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

   -- Raymond Bogan – United States Commissioner, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

   -- Sharon H. Yuan – Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

   -- Miriam Sapiro – Member, Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

 
U.S. Marshals Escort Body of Justice Antonin Scalia To El Paso Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 February 2016 06:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has received an escort to the El Paso, Texas airport, a sign of respect for the late jurist who passed away in his sleep over the weekend.

The airplane carrying Scalia left Texas at about 8 p.m. EST Sunday. The airplane's destination was unknown.

Scalia, 79, was on a hunting trip with friends when he died of natural causes, according to the local coroner. Scalia reportedly had dinner with his friends but went to bed early after saying he didn't feel well.

The owner of the ranch told news media it appeared Scalia had "passed away without any difficulty."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Scalia's death has set off a firestorm of debate among the presidential candidates over replacement of the justice. President Obama says he will nominate a successor. Republican candidates argue that a lame duck president should wait and let the new president nominate the successor.

 
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