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A Pillow Over His Head?

Really? A pillow and no signs of um, shall we say discomfort?

“We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled. He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” Cibolo Creek Ranch owner John Poindexter told the San Antonio Express-News on Saturday.

And yes it that Poindexter. And it raises a whole host of awkward questions.

Any member of the Supreme Court has a bodyguard who travel with him or her. Why did Scalia dismiss his Marshall’s? Was he wanting to meet someone on the QT?

Then there was the utter confusion over the declaration of death. Now I appreciate that in Texas one can have a JP simply declare death over the phone, but that darlings is bloody odd wherever you go. No other jurisdiction has such a rule. They don’t because it flies against common-sense. So our medically trained clairvoyant of a lawyer first he decides it’s a heart attack, then he says its natural causes all by some form of legal divination. All without knowing the deceased or clapping eyes on him.

Funny also, how it took so long to find this Justice of the Peace to get her to the phone? And seeing as to the distinction of the deceased why did she treat it with such little regard? Anyone else would have pulled out all the stops. Her? She had shopping to finish – sheesh.
Now Scalia’s death could have been any number of things. Yes, a heart attack in an elderly man who carries too much weight, and lives a normally sedentary lifestyle and then indulges in doing too much on vacation is a fair guess. But it is only a guess. It could be a cerebral haemorrhage or it might be poison, or suffocation with that pillow. The short answer is we just don’t know and neither did she.

Of course his wife could tell us if it was normal practise for Scalia to sleep with the pillow on top of his head.

The body is then moved immediately to a funeral home. As far as is publically known no doctor has attended the body, no nurse or para-medics and the scene of the incident (we should call it crime?) has been disturbed before any Police investigation. Has anyone else seen this pillow? Who has been in the room? Who were the other guests at Poindexter’s lodge and what are their backgrounds? Were there any papers, memory sticks, computers or notes? Did anyone photograph the scene? Take fingerprints? No? Thought not. Good grief we cannot even be sure of an approximate time of death. He left after dinner where he ate well and was in good sorts around nine pm, and was only discovered sometime after lunch the next day.

Why no autopsy? This is a national figure who has died a sudden death unattended by a physician. In most circumstances authorities would err on the side of prudence and insist on one if for no other reason than to stymie any accusations of foul play. Did anyone examine the body at the funeral home?

Cremation? How odd. Scalia had a very old fashioned view of Catholic practise holding to the pre-Vatican II mores. They included not cremating the body. Even today though Catholics are allowed to burn bodies it is frowned upon. So it is odd at the very least that suddenly after a lifetime of holding these views he changes them so radically now.

At best this only shows that outside of the large international cities, America can be downright disorganised and down-home dreadfully slack sloppy, and lack-a-daisyical, and at worst it plays to the ever eager purchasers of conspiracy theories.

And it leaves just that smidgeon of a doubt in the mind.

Copyright David Macadam 2016

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