No Autopsy to Be Performed Despite High Stakes for Nation and Unusual Circumstances
On Saturday, Feb. 13, the San Antonio Express-News broke the story that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had unexpectedly passed away “of apparent natural causes” following a day of hunting as a member of a private party as a guest at Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas.
A federal official, who for some unknown reason “asked not to be named,” said that there was “no evidence of foul play,” in the above-linked original breaking story announcing the death of Scalia, a great defender of the U.S. Constitution.
However, a new follow-up report by the Express-News reveals that Justice Scalia was discovered dead by the owner of the 30,000-acre ranch, John Poindexter, with “a pillow over his head” and that “his bed clothes were unwrinkled.”
The San Antonio Express-News reported on Sunday:
“We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled,” said Poindexter.
“He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” he said.
Scalia, 79, did not have a pulse and his body was cold, and after consulting with a doctor at a hospital in Alpine, Poindexter concluded resuscitation would have been futile, He then contacted federal authorities, at first encountering a series of answering services because he was calling on a weekend.
The New York Times further reports:
“His hands were sort of almost folded on top of the sheets,” said Mr. Poindexter, a manufacturing executive from Houston. “The sheets weren’t rumpled up at all.”
The Times reported that County Judge Cinderela Guevera “pronounced Justice Scalia dead by telephone” and “ruled it natural causes based on credible information.” However, Judge Guevera could not be reached for comment.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a conservative Republican, released a statement Saturday afternoon, calling Scalia a man of God, a patriot and an “unwavering defender of the written Constitution.”
“He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution,” Abbott said. “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
— Cait Meisenheimer (@caitmeise) February 13, 2016
Gov. Abbott said that “His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans.”
WGN-TV reports that no autopsy will be performed on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, according to a source familiar with the case and confirmed by CNN.
William Gheen, who heads the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, (ALIPAC),issued a statement on Sunday calling for an immediate autopsy of Judge Scalia.
“Anytime a head of state, member of Congress, or the most conservative member of the US Supreme court is found dead, an extensive autopsy and toxicology examination should be both immediate and mandatory,” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC.