Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguably the most conservative member of the court, died Saturday at the age of 79. Justice Scalia was a major influence in conservative jurisprudence.
With his death, President Obama would have the opportunity to extend his legacy with a Supreme Court appointment, one that would surely tip the balance towards the left. But Republican lawmakers are saying they will block any Obama nomination, letting the next president make the appointment.
What will this mean for cases currently before the court, including those that have been voted upon but not publicly announced? Lots. See the details after the jump.