The death of Antonin Scalia has shaken the American legal and political system to its core. Since joining the Supreme Court in 1986, Scalia has been at the center of the biggest and most contentious constitutional battles confronting the country, a list that ranges from abortion and gay marriage to the scope of wartime presidential powers and the meaning of the Second Amendment. Scalia's influence was equally large in the field of constitutional interpretation, where he was a driving force behind the theory of originalism, the idea that the Constitution must be interpreted according to its original meaning. What the Supreme Court is going to look like without Justice Scalia on it is now an open question.
Here at Reason we've covered Scalia's monumental career from all angles. He's even appeared on the cover of the magazine, albeit in illustrated form. Here's a brief selection of Reason's writing from over the years on the late Supreme Court justice.
- How Antonin Scalia Shaped—and Misshaped—American Law. The late Supreme Court justice's mixed legacy on liberty and the Constitution. By Damon Root
- Scalia's Liberal Tendencies. The late Supreme Court justice was inaccurately described as "authoritarian." By Jacob Sullum.
- Scalia and the Innocent. Scalia apparently believes there's no duty for the government to preserve or turn over evidence that would prove a person's innocence. By Radley Balko
- Antonin Scalia's Obamacare Problem. The Obama administration repeatedly cites the conservative Supreme Court justice in defense of its health care overhaul. By Damon Root
- What Was Scalia Thinking? Inside the tortured mind of a conservative Supreme Court justice. By Mark Moller
- Scalia's Not Half Bad—More Than You Can Say for Most Justices. By Jacob Sullum
- Antonin Scalia, Judicial Activist. How the conservative justice legislates from the bench. By Cathy Young
- Conservatives v. Libertarians. The debate over judicial activism divides former allies. By Damon Root
- Antonin Scalia, Bleeding Heart Liberal. A Fourth Amendment case shows once again that the justice does not live up to his authoritarian reputation. By Jacob Sullum