Gerard Haran talks with Gary about What Justice Antonin Scalia's Death Means. Antonin Scalia, the sharp-tongued U.S. Supreme Court justice who sought to limit constitutional protections to those envisioned by the nation's founders, has died. He was 79. Scalia was a polarizing force on the court and across the country. Scalia was the court's leading proponent of a strict interpretation of federal statutes, preferring to parse statutory language rather than sift through volumes of legislative history. He sought out bright lines in the law and criticized the multifaceted balancing tests used by colleagues.