Scalia’s body returned to Virginia; debate heats up over Supreme Court replacement

Posted at 9:45 AM, Feb 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been returned to Virginia.

A judge in Texas says Scalia died of natural causes and no autopsy was necessary.

Scalia’s colleagues and others praised his brilliance and grieved his death.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she and Scalia “were best buddies.”

Debate heats up over Scalia replacement

WASHINGTON (AP) —As flags fly half-staff at the White House and Supreme Court, the debate heats up over when a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should be nominated.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the next president should nominate someone.

But the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that McConnell is “certainly ignoring the Constitution.”