Justice Scalia, the longest-serving member of the high court, died at an exclusive West Texas ranch on Saturday, February 13, at age 79.

Media accounts citing local officials have reported that he died of natural causes. Contradicting that, however, other reports, also citing local officials, said Scalia died of a heart attack, also known as “myocardial infarction.”

The judge who pronounced Scalia dead did so over the phone without having seen the body, and without ordering an autopsy, news agencies reported. So it was not immediately clear how the cause of death was determined.

A justice of the peace in the Texas county where Scalia died, Juanita Bishop, who spoke with the Washington Post , made clear that if she had been called she would not have decided that no autopsy was needed for one of the most important figures in America without even seeing the body. If it had been me would want to know, Bishop told The Post. The Supreme Court Justice was found dead and the justice of the peace who was countacted didn't even actually see the body, having instead been assure by officials on the scene that there was no foul play involved.

WFAA 8 News reported :

She planned to drive to the ranch — about 30 minutes south of Marfa — but returned when a U.S. Marshal told her by phone: “It’s not necessary for you to come, judge. If you’re asking for an autopsy, that’s what we need to clarify.”

Judge Guevara said she wanted to clarify details of Scalia’s death before deciding whether to order an autopsy.

“As part of my investigation one of the things I did ask the sheriff and the U.S. Marshal: ‘Were there any signs of foul play? And they said, ‘Absolutely not.’ At that time, I still wanted to be careful and asked them if [Scalia’s] physician would call me.”

The justice’s personal doctor called Guevara at 8 p.m. Saturday night

“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,” she said.

Speaking to the San Antonio Express-News, Houston businessman Poindexter, who owns the massive luxury ranch where Scalia died, lit a firestorm of controversy with a comment he made. “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head,” Poindexter was quoted as saying in comments that rapidly spread across the Internet, the blogosphere, and beyond. “His bed clothes were unwrinkled.” The ranch owner noted that he sat near Scalia and had a chance to observe the justice before he went to his room at around 9 p.m. the night before. Scalia’s behavior “was entirely natural and normal,” Poindexter, who received an award from Obama, was quoted as saying in media reports. Scalia apparently went to bed early and had specifically declined a security detail for the occasion, according to media reports. In other words, there were no known witnesses to the death — a fact that numerous commentators said was enough, in and of itself, to demand a thorough autopsy.

When Scalia failed to get up the next day, Poindexter said he entered the room and found the justice dead. “He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” the ranch owner was quoted as saying. “His hands were sort of almost folded on top of the sheets. The sheets weren’t rumpled up at all.” Everything in the room “was in perfect order,” Poindexter continued, adding that Scalia was in his pajamas, “peacefully, in bed.” Friends cited in multiple media reports, meanwhile, confirmed that Scalia was “his usual, happy self during the time leading up to his death,” as the Chicago Tribune put it. Why or how the justice would have gotten a pillow over his head was not immediately clear, and at this point, the public may never find out.

Self described Zionist liberal JE Reich, possibly hoping to get the attention of a bigger mainstream news outlet, (I mean really, who’s journalistic goals would end at writing for a rag like Jezebel?) decided to attack famed alternative media personality Alex Jones after he posted a Facebook video questioning whether or not Scalia was killed.

‘Noted conspiracy theorist, Illuminati-believer, “lovable” anti-Semite Alex Jones has made yet another grab for the spotlight. After reports of the passing of conservative U.S. Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, the founder of the site said he believes that Scalia was murdered in a government plot that makes Scandal look like the most boring fairy tale.’


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