Wow: Discovered Interview Of Antonin Scalia Reveals EXACTLY Who He Wanted To Replace Him
Long before his death on Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had his eye on a man who might succeed him, a jurist who held very different view on gun control than did Scalia.
In a 2012 interview on C-SPAN, Scalia said he would like to see as his successor Judge Frank Easterbrook, 67, who has served on the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals since 1985.
“If there is one other judicial name associated with the two principal theories of this book— textualism and originalism — it is Frank Easterbrook,” Scalia said in discussing his 2012 book Reading Law. “If I had to pick somebody to replace me on the Supreme Court, it would be Frank.”
“This book is a great event in American legal culture,” Easterbrook wrote in his foreword to the book. “Every lawyer–and every citizen concerned about how the judiciary can rise above politics and produce a government of laws, and not of men–should find this book invaluable.”
Scalia’s death has left a vacancy on the nine-member court. President Obama has vowed he will move forward to nominate a successor to Scalia. Senate Republicans have said they want to delay taking up any nomination until after November’s presidential election.
Although Scalia praised Easterbrook’s method of examining Constitutional law, the two have not always agreed on its interpretation.