Could that have factored into the decision not to have an autopsy? With the U.S. Marshals on the scene, is it possible they could have said something like, "Your Honor, we would prefer to do this in Bethesda?" Do we know Justice Scalia's body was cremated in Texas? This is rank speculation, the Bear admits, but the fate of Justice Scalia's mortal remains is shrouded in mystery.
Justice of the Peace Bishop Speaks to Infowars
In other news, Presidio County Justice of the Peace Juanita Bishop implicitly criticized Judge Cinderela Guevara for not viewing the body herself before pronouncing the death of Justice Scalia, and for not ordering an autopsy. Both won contested elections in 2014, with Guevara unseating one-term incumbent Paul Hunt.
Bishop claimed Presidio County "usually" does autopsies when the deceased is not under medical care, but was unable to provide Infowars numbers. The Bear finds it unusual that a justice of the peace would publicly question the professional decisions of a judge in the same county. However, he is unfamiliar with the politics of Presidio County, Texas, or Justice of the Peace Bishop's ambitions, if any.
Of course, Alex Jones, head of Infowars promises to "delve into the apparent assassination of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia." If that were not sensational enough, he's also going to talk about a CIA-developed dart gun that gives you cancer or heart attacks.
Bishop Gets the Call, Tries Twice to Hand it Off
Bishop had received the initial call, but she was two hours away. She called Justice of the Peace David Beebe, and informed him only that there was "a dead body." Beebe demurred because he was busy at a political forum. That's when Bishop called Judge Guevara. She, like Bishop and Beebe, was unable to drive to the scene. (She has also reported that a U.S. Marshall discouraged her from coming to the ranch by phone. The Marshall's had been called, and were heavily involved.) Then, according to Texas law, she conducted her inquest by phone, relying on Sheriff Danny C. Dominguez to assist her from the scene.
Two hour drive or not, the Bear wonders why Justice of the Peace Bishop, who was first called, did not proceed to the scene, especially since no other official was in any better position. He also wonders why she did not provide Justice of the Peace Beebe with the name of the deceased. Bishop told Infowars that she "always wants to see the body," and "that's my job." The Bear supposes just not that night.
So you lujack a dead Supreme Court Justice on another official, then tell the press how you would have done everything differently. Interesting.
Pillow Clarification and Summary
Meanwhile ranch owner John Poindexter clarified his statement about the pillow, saying it was on Scalia's head, "against the headboard," not near his face.
See Slate for a short article on the circumstances surrounding Justice Scalia's death.
The Cremation Question
There are persistent reports that Scalia's body was cremated. They seemed to have originated as a joke by Democratic Underground types, saying that he would be cremated but 100,000 women would decide what should be done with his body. The casket will be closed when Scalia lies in state. But the Bear was unable to find any reputable source that said Justice Scalia was indeed cremated. Or was cremated after an autopsy conducted by pathologists with significantly more resources than a Texas county. There is no evidence to support this. The Bear merely shares his frustration that he does not have a chain of custody for the deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Bear may have missed something, of course, If so, he would appreciate better information.
While the Church "earnestly recommends" burial, the Code of Canon Law (1983) permits cremation unless it has been chosen for reasons contrary to Christian teaching. Supposedly, Scalia had indicated in his will his desire to be cremated, which many have found unusual, given Scalia's traditionalist Catholic orientation.
Research on anything related to this story on the internet gets bogged down in hundreds of websites that have dedicated their bandwidth to conspiracy theories, most of them implicating the President of the United States who now gets to appoint a liberal justice, some adding the United Nations' Agenda 21 or other favorite threats of conspiracy theorists.