Life and Accomplishments of Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He died of natural causes on Feb. 13, 2016. Here are some of the highlights of his career.

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Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer looks on at left, as fellow Justice Antonin Scalia testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2011, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing; "Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States."
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President Ronald Reagan, center, gestures during a news conference at the White House June 17, 1986, where he announced the nomination of Antonin Scalia, left, to the Supreme Court.
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Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, left, and Antonin Scalia testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2011, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing; "Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States."
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia administers the oath of allegiance to new citizens, during a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa.
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Bobblehead dolls representing Supreme Court Justices, from left, David Souter, William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Ruth Ginsburg, in Washington, Nov. 20, 2013. They are some of the rarest bobblehead dolls ever produced, released erratically and given away for free, not sold.
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gestures while addressing the American Medical Association's National Leadership Conference in Washington, March 9, 1998. Scalia said that while the Supreme Court is the highest judicial venue in the country, Congress, not the justices themselves, should decide vexing questions such as abortion rights, the death penalty and physician-assisted suicide.
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This courtroom artist rendering shows Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., right, speaking before the Supreme Court in Washington, March 4, 2015. From left: Justices Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Oct. 8, 2010. Seated from left to right: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing, from left are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.
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Justice Antonin Scalia delivers the keynote address at the "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor" evening program at the Library of Congress on, Nov. 6, 2014, in Washington.
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Supreme Court Justice's Antonin Scalia, right, and Stephen Breyer, left, take the stage for an event to discuss the methodology they bring to interpreting the Constitution at the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society event, Dec. 5, 2006, in Washington.
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is interviewed, July 26, 2012, at the Supreme Court in Washington.
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Supreme Court Justice nominee Anthony Scalia at the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings in Washington on August 6, 1986.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at a constitutional law symposium where he delivered a talk called “Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the High Court," March 14, 2014, in Atlanta. Scalia said the U.S. Constitution is a living document and provides a flexible legal system. Scalia was appointed to the nation's highest court in 1986, making him the longest-serving justice currently on the court. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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U.S. Supreme Court justices pose for a group portrait at the court in Washington, Nov. 9, 1990. Clockwise from top left: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Thurgood Marshall, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia poses with his family in his chambers before court ceremonies on September 26, 1986 in Washington, D.C. Pictured are, front row, from left: Margaret Jane; Justice Scalia, Christopher and Mary. In the back are, from left: Mrs. Scalia, Ann Forrest, Elizabeth, Matthew, Eugene, John and Paul.
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Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia departs his McLean, Virginia, residence on August 5, 1986, enroute to Capitol Hill. Scalia was scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee which was beginning confirmation hearings on his nomination.
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