Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the memorial service for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in March at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. With the death of his longtime colleague and friend Antonin Scalia, and the direction of the court mired in uncertainty by a tumultuous presidential race, perhaps Justice Thomas' most significant years defending the Constitution may be yet to come.
The body of Justice Antonin Scalia arrives at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Thousands of mourners will pay their respects Friday for Justice Antonin Scalia as his casket rests in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where he spent nearly three decades as one of its most influential members. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is being memorialized by colleagues and admirers ahead of his funeral Mass Saturday. He body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court in Washington Friday. (Associated Press)
Justice Antonin Scalias courtroom chair at the Supreme Court has been draped in black to mark his death as part of a tradition that dates to the 19th century, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Scalia died Saturday at age 79. He joined the court in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, on Monday said that he thinks a replacement for recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should be made by the next president, who will be elected in November.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia leaves an intellectual conservative void on the Supreme Court, one that Republicans are in no hurry for the president to fill. His death Saturday created a political crisis in a pivotal election year. (Associated Press)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia smiles during his introduction at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland, as part of a Cleveland Clinic speakers series. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan/File)
In one exchange, Justice Antonin Scalia questioned whether it was even appropriate to work so hard to recruit black students into top-tier schools for which they may not be prepared. "I don't think it stands to reason that it's a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible," he said. (Associated Press)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives the keynote speech at the Snake River Adjudication celebration dinner at the Boise Center on the Grove in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, August 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives the keynote speech at the Snake River Adjudication celebration dinner at the Boise Center on the Grove in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. : Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Inset: Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he thinks it is proper to settle questions early on in class-action suits. “The reason is the enormous pressure to settle once the class is certified,” Justice Scalia said. (Associated Press)
**FILE** The current U.S. Supreme Court comprises (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony M. Kennedy. (The Washington Times)