The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shocked many, and now it seems how he died may prove to be just as shocking.
Initial reports stated the outspoken justice was found dead of “natural causes” in his hotel room at Cibolo Creek Ranch, but ranch owner John Poindexter told the San Antonio Express-News that he discovered Scalia Saturday morning in bed with a pillow over his head.
A PILLOW OVER HIS HEAD?
Now I know that proves nothing and certainly sometimes I wake up and can’t get loose from my comforter and the pillow is in the freezer, I toss and turn so much – but the early accounts kinda left that part out. Not to mention he died of a heart attack, not “natural causes” as the story rushed out.
“We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled,” Poindexter said. “He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” he said. Of course this raised a lot of questions online.
#Scalia was found with A PILLOW OVER HIS HEAD. Why is no one asking questions about that? Why no autopsy??
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 15, 2016
Apparently, because of the remote location of the ramch, it took hours for authorities to locate a justice of the peace and when Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara was reached, she pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body and decided against ordering an autopsy.
Guevara said she spoke with law enforcement officials over the phone who assured her there were no signs of foul play.
Another justice of the peace, Juanita Bishop, said she would have ordered an autopsy, according to The Washington Post.
Scalia’s family have since indicated they will not order an autopsy.
Funeral arrangements remain unknown.
While it is not unusual for some confusion to surround early reports of an event such as this, there are several things that just don’t add up and questions need to be answered.
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