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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Visit Fort Smith

FORT SMITH (KFSM)-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will headline the inaugural Winthrop Paul Rockefeller distinguished lecture series on Feb. 26 at 1 p...

FORT SMITH (KFSM)-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will headline the inaugural Winthrop Paul Rockefeller distinguished lecture series on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, and is the Supreme Court’s longest serving justice.

“He has served on the Supreme Court for 27 years, and we thought that he would be such an appropriate person to address the history of the U.S. Marshal`s and the judicial system,” Jim Dunn, President and CEO of the U.S. Marshals Museum said.

The lecture will take place at the ArcBest Performing Arts center located inside the Fort Smith Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. The Marshals Museum is organizing the event.

“There are 1300 seats, but we do anticipate a large crowd, so people should make reservations at our website,” Dunn said.

U.S. Marshals are responsible for protecting U.S. Justices when they travel outside of Washington.

The series was created through a $100,000 grant from former Lt. Gov. Withrop Paul Rockefeller’s wife Lisenne Rockefeller.

The next speakers have not been decided yet, but two more lectures will take place over the course of three years. One will represent the executive branch, and the other will speak on behalf of the legislative branch of government. For more information, click here.