Judge says she changed her mind on Scalia autopsy, decided it wasn’t needed

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MARFA, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge says she initially determined that an autopsy should be conducted on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

But Judge Cinderela Guevara says she changed her mind after speaking with Scalia’s doctor — who confirmed that the justice had a history of heart trouble and other illnesses. The judge says that medical history, and a lack of any signs of foul play, meant the justice likely died of natural causes and that no autopsy would be necessary.

Scalia was found dead in his room at a West Texas resort ranch Saturday morning. He was 79.

A manager at a Texas funeral home says Scalia’s family didn’t think a private autopsy was necessary, and requested that his remains be returned to Washington as soon as possible.

The owner of Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, where Scalia died, said the justice seemed his usual self at dinner the night before he was found “in complete repose” in his room. John Poindexter told reporters Scalia was part of a group of about 35 weekend guests. He arrived Friday around noon.

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4 comments

  • Andrew

    Poindexter has been quoted as saying that Justice Scalia was found with a pillow over his head. So who changed the judge’s mind about the autopsy? Yes, Scalia was fat, old, he smoked and drank, and was going to die of a heart attack anyway. But the timing and the circumstances are incredibly suspect and warrant an autopsy…preferably one that is done by independent coroners in Switzerland or someplace like that.

  • NO PC FOR ME

    Translation- the left doesn’t want an autopsy. Any one else found dead with a pillow over their face would be called “murder”.
    Kinda like Holder ruling there was no voter intimidation despite video of black panthers with clubs intimidating white voters.
    The was “encouraged” to change her mind ( or else)
    Hang on America, the fundamental transformation you voted fr is about to start.

  • Mike Johnson

    makes perfect sense, it’s not like Scalia was an important person that might have people that would want him out of the picture. So he would have most likely ruled against a Union costing them millions of dollars, so what if there might be a few people who were upset with past rulings, or want to change future rulings. there really are no suspects if he was killed, well except for the entire democratic party. the current administration, that Union, and a long list of crazy people. the person signing the death certificate was there, well by phone, but by phone is good. not even a blood sample ???? really ???? I am sure it was “natural causes” just like Jimmy Hoffa, Booby Kennedy, John, Kennedy, all natural causes.