An awful thing happened last night. Justice Scalia passed away in his sleep. I doubt that in this election year that he will be replaced. His death throws the 5/4 conservative leaning in the Supreme Court out of balance. Some will welcome that but if you are a believer in the view that the Constitution should be read as originally written and not as someone would like it to be rewritten: and, that the Constitutional Amendment process contained within the Constitution should be used as opposed to stretching words beyond their intended meaning, it is a sad, sad day. Last April, at The United States Tax Court Judicial Conference, where Justice Scalia was a dinner speaker, I had the privilege of having a drink with Justice Scalia and speaking with him for about fifteen minutes or so. He was an incredibly quick, charming person. Very down to earth. Funny at times. He said what he meant and meant what he said. The kind of person you want on your side when it hits the fan. 79 years old. Nine children. 28 grand children. He will be greatly missed. Below is a photo taken by another attendee at the Conference when we were chatting.