The recent and untimely death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the court’s constitutional originalists and textualists, at a high-end luxury ranch in Texas has prompted some wild speculation given a number of current political circumstances and no shortage of irregular behavior from local officials following the discovery of his body.
First, there are the obvious implications – the conspiracies that perhaps Scalia, a thorn in the side of the Obama administration and every Left-wing legislator and activist who prefer to treat the Constitution as an “evolving, living, breathing document,” might have been disposed of, so to speak, at a moment when he was vulnerable.
It is an election year. The most Left-wing and, some would say the most lawless, president in modern history has less than 12 months left in his second and last term. He’s already appointed two Leftist activists as Supreme Court justices; one more and he would have pretty much have changed the very nature of the third branch of government, the Judicial Branch, after having appointed a plurality of federal judges during his tenure – a goal of his. A third Supreme Court nomination would be like running the table for any president, for they are attempting to pack the nation’s highest court in a way that will preserve the president’s legacy and policies for posterity.
There is also the way the Scalia’s body was handled in the aftermath of his death. For instance, there was no autopsy ordered or even considered, which many forensic experts find extremely odd, given that Scalia wasn’t sick.
As reported by Breitbart News:
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who concluded that Scalia had died of natural causes–without examining him–told WFAA that she had spoken with his personal physician to satisfy any lingering doubts about the reason he died at the Cibolo Creek Ranch…
The week before Scalia when to the ranch, where he was expected to take part in some quail hunts, he went to see a physician for some shoulder pain:
“When [the physician] explained [Scalia] had just visited on Wednesday and Thursday and [the doctor] had done an MRI, then I felt comfortable what I knew was going on with him physically,” Guevara said.
The judge said Scalia went to his doctor for a shoulder injury last week, but also suffered from several chronic ailments.
Depending upon which shoulder was injured, it would be difficult to hunt quail considering it is done using a shotgun – which can deliver quite a blow to the shoulder. But was his shoulder pain a warning sign for, say, a coronary event? A sign of cardiovascular disease affecting the heart is chest pain that doesn’t always center on the chest but instead radiates to the arms and shoulders.
We may never know if Scalia had a heart attack, however, or if something else caused his death, because there was no autopsy done and there likely won’t be. Also, no medical official was called to the ranch after the death of a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
The decision not to do an autopsy has confounded a number of experts.
“I haven’t heard of a system where a decision is made by someone with no medical training,” Mike Arntfield, a former police officer, criminologist, and professor at Vanderbilt University told BuzzFeed News regarding a judge declaring Scalia dead via phone and not ordering an autopsy.
“I’m surprised given the sort of gravitas of the situation, that those boxes weren’t ticked,” he added.
Some local officials were also surprised by the decision not to perform the autopsy. That includes Presidio County Justice of the Peace Juanita Bishop, who was out of town when Scalia died.
“If it had been me, I would’ve done an autopsy,” Bishop told USA Today. “They said he was good one minute and the next minute he’s dead.”
She noted further, “It’s for our own good to know cause of death.”