Will Justice Antonin Scalia have an autopsy? Why did a judge say he died of natural causes without even seeing him? Controversy and conspiracy theories are running wild about Scalia’s death, and the lack of an autopsy is only pouring fuel on that fire. Will there ever be one? If his family doesn’t want an autopsy, why not?
Here’s what you need to know.
It looks like there will not be an autopsy of Scalia, according to the Chicago Tribune. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara concluded that Scalia died of natural causes after consulting with his personal physician and sheriff’s investigators who said there were no indications of foul play. However, not everyone is convinced, since the ranch owner said that Scalia was found dead in his room with a pillow over his head, his hands on his chest, and his clothes unruffled, New York Daily News reported. The ranch owner said he seemed peaceful, but conspiracy theorists point to the pillow as being a sign of foul play.
Guevara declared that Scalia died of natural causes without actually seeing his body, which is allowed by Texas law. His family has waived an autopsy, saying it is unnecessary and his remains should be flown home as soon as possible. Guevara will write on his death certificate that Scalia died of a heart attack, ABC News reported.
Scalia was reportedly in poor health prior to his trip to Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas. He visited a doctor in Washington D.C. twice before going on the trip. Friends and family who were with him during his last hours said he appeared jovial and animated.
Juanita Bishop, a justice of the peace in Presidio, Texas, said that if she had been the one to respond to the call about Scalia, she would have ordered an autopsy, The Washington Post reported.