JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Republicans are fondly remembering U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who frequently hunted in Mississippi along with his friend, retired 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Charles Pickering.
Scalia was found dead at a Texas ranch Saturday.
Scalia sometimes combined hunting trips with appearances at Mississippi schools, including one in 2014 where he and fellow Justice Elena Kagan gave a rare joint talk at the University of Mississippi.
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and state Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef are all releasing statements hailing Scalia for his legal philosophy.
Scalia made news in 2004 when U.S. Marshals seized audio recorders from reporters covering a speech in Hattiesburg. The justice apologized and later let reporters record speeches.
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