Eugene Scalia, the eldest son of justice Scalia, broke the late justice’s family’s silence to tell a radio show that none of them doubted he was ‘taken from us by natural causes’.
Appearing on a radio show, Eugene Scalia denied there was any wrongdoing in his father’s death.
“It’s, I think, a distraction from a great man and his legacy at a time when there’s so much to be said about that and to help people even more fully appreciate that. And, on a personal level, I think it’s a bit of a hurtful distraction for a family that’s mourning,” the Scalia scion said.
Daily Mail reported that justice Scalia’s eldest son rejected conspiracy theories surrounding his father’s death.
The intervention came amid a series of questions over the death, prompted by the lack of an autopsy, the death being certified by phone by a judge, and an initial description of his body being found with a pillow ‘over his face’.
Eugene Scalia spoke out as the flurry of calls panicked phone calls to local police staff at the Texas ranch where the judge was found dead on Saturday were revealed to Daily Mail Online.
‘We accept that. We’re praying for him. We ask others to accept that and pray for him.’
Call records seen exclusively by Daily Mail Online show that the first was made at 12.04 – shortly after Scalia’s body was discovered in the $700-a-night El Presidente suite.
The conversation, which took place between a ranch staffer and the 911 duty officer, ended with a request for the US Marshal Service.
Eight minutes later, at 12.14pm, a second call from the ranch came in – this time requesting a different service and made direct to the police department.
Detailed: Minute-by-minute, the call log of the Presidio County Sheriff’s department shows how the discovery of the justice’s death unfolded
Location: The ‘El Presidente’ suite at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, where Scalia’s body was found Saturday morning. John Poindexter, the ranch’s owner, said the judge was ‘lying very restfully’ when he was discovered
PILLOW WHICH FUELED MYSTERY
A description of how the justice was found has been one of the main drivers of conspiracy theories.
Ranch owner John Poindexter initially spoke of how Scalia was found with a pillow ‘over his face’.
On Tuesday Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez spoke to Daily Mail Online to put the record straight, saying that it was ‘above’ his head.
And on Wednesday Poindexter also spoke to CNN and said: ‘He had a pillow over his head, not over his face as some have been saying,” said John Poindexter, owner of the Cibolo Creek Ranch.
‘The pillow was against the headboard and over his head when he was discovered. He looked like someone who had had a restful night’s sleep. There was no evidence of anything else.’
Sheriff Dominguez has ruled out foul play and told Daily Mail Online that a pillow originally said to have been covering Scalia’s head was in fact above it.
‘He [Scalia] was just lying on the bed with a pillow above his head,’ he said. ‘Everything seemed normal and he was just there lying down.
‘There was no sign of a struggle, no wrinkles in the cover or on the pillow either.’
He also hit out at the conspiracy theories that have sprung up in the wake of the Supreme Court Justice’s death – and said the rush to politicize the death was ‘disrespectful to the family’.
‘It was totally routine,’ he said. ‘Everyone has their way of doing an investigation and we did it our way.
‘I was told that he had been there and had been out hunting quail with his friends the day before. They said he had felt tired afterwards and went to bed around nine.’
He added: ‘Those people in Washington, they got their theories and I got mine. They need to keep politics out of it.’
Asked by Daily Mail Online on Tuesday why Judge Cinderela Gonzalez felt able to issue a death certificate stating Scalia died of natural causes without seeing the body or an autopsy carried out, he explained:
‘If there’s no suspicious circumstances, then that is allowed under Texas law. She made that decision after speaking with me and after making calls to his doctor and his family.