Even if there had been an autopsy on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, wild speculation would have arisen. Was the autopsy rigged? What part did President Obama play in the death of this right-wing jurist on February 13?
It was unbelievable, at least to some, that no autopsy took place. Here was the death of a famous and controversial Justice, a lightning rod for division whose conservative judgments have helped shape the United States for many years. His demise left the court’s previous hard-right stance at bay, reducing it to eight justices, or a 4-4 split, liberal and conservative. And to boot, Scalia died alone in a room (with a pillow over his face, according to the Engquirer) at an isolated West Texas resort, and a judge who never saw the body ruled cause of death as “natural causes.” Scalia was 79, yes, and in not in the best of health, but still . . . . You never know.
Scalia’s family for some reason waived an autopsy and the door swung wide open for conspiracy theorists.
Never a publication to shun a sensational story, the tabloid National Enquirer jumped in with a highly speculative story under the headline, “Scalia Murdered by A Hooker! ”
In summary the story alleges Scalia’s death was “political assassination orchestrated by the CIA and carried out by a $2,000-a-night hooker.”
- An anonymous Washington, D.C., source’s comment that Scalia’s “murder” can be traced back to the White House.
- That Scalia was injected with poison in the buttocks by a hooker apparently from Ojinaga, Mexico, just across the border, according to “an insider.”
- A former Secret Service agent, John A. Carman, was quoted as saying, “This death has all the markings of a political assassination.”
- A “mystery woman” was caught on the resort’s surveillance camera (the killer-prostitute or someone’s wife?), “The Enquirer was told.”
- The motive was “to keep (Scalia) from ruling on key upcoming court cases and to stop him from revealing explosive secrets that could rip apart Obama’s legacy.” Notice the word “could.”
All plausible if not for one thing.
This is such a flimsy story, pure speculation. The “sources” offer nothing definitive, but the Enquirer fills in the missing facts. A photo showing Scalia’s flag-draped casket says, “Scalia’s body was embalmed (true) to prevent further analysis (no proof).”
The problem is this, America is a country with a growing segment of uneducated, angry, irrational people known widely as “the Republican (Party’s) base.” They will and do believe anything they are told that fits their personal belief system.
For that reason alone, this story, and others, will stay on life-support for years to come. To read the tabloids for entertainment is one thing. To read them minus a skeptical eye is quite another.
So Scalia’s death will sadly go down in history books as mysterious, if nothing worse.