Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away only days ago, but already the conspiracy theories have abounded — and now a former Washington, D.C. homicide commander has weighed in.
Scalia was found dead Saturday morning at the remote Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas. According to reports, Scalia, who was 79-years-old, died of natural causes. His doctor has said that Scalia suffered from heart problems and high blood pressure and was not in good enough condition to undergo a shoulder surgery.
However, with no autopsy scheduled and the hours it took to find a justice of the peace, speculation about Scalia’s cause of death has emerged.
“As a former homicide commander, I am stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia,” William O. Ritchie, a former head of criminal investigations for D.C. police, wrote on Facebook over the weekend, according to the Washington Post.
“You have a Supreme Court Justice who died, not in attendance of a physician,” Ritchie continued. “You have a non-homicide trained US Marshal tell the justice of the peace that no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronounce death while not being on the scene and without any medical training opining that the justice died of a heart attack. What medical proof exists of a myocardial Infarction? Why not a cerebral hemorrhage?”
As the Washington Post noted, Texas law permitted Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara to pronounce Scalia dead without seeing his body or ordering an autopsy.
Guevara said she made the pronouncement based on information from law enforcement officials who were at the scene who asserted that there “were no signs of foul play.”‘
Ritchie continued in his Facebook post to question the U.S. Marshals who were on scene.
“How can the Marshal say, without a thorough post mortem, that he was not injected with an illegal substance that would stimulate a heart attack,” he wrote.
“Did the US Marshal check for petechial hemorrhage in his eyes or under his lips that would have suggested suffocation,” Ritchie continued. “Did the US Marshal smell his breath for any unusual odor that might suggest poisoning? My gut tells me that there is something fishy going on in Texas.”
Guevara has conducted two other deaths by phone prior to that of Scalia’s.
(H/T: Washington Post)