A local official’s quick determination that a staunch opponent on the U.S. Supreme Court of the progressive social agenda died of “natural causes” and there would be no autopsy even though a pillow was found over his head has prompted a multitude of conspiracy theories along with a political firestorm.
The stakes are high in the aftermath of the weekend death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Obama has signaled his intention to nominate a replacement and possibly move the court decidedly to the left for decades to come.
Nationally syndicated talk-radio host Michael Savage said there needs to be an investigation.
At the Dallas Observer, Joe Pappalardo reported rumors that Scalia was gassed, smothered or poisoned.
“Scalia was not a young man. He was 79 years old and friends at the West Texas ranch where he died say he went to bed early because he didn’t feel well,” he wrote. “There are many natural causes of death that could be responsible. A heart attack seems to be the most probable cause, and local media are reporting that his death certificate will read ‘myocardial infarction.’ Other media reports say the cause will be deemed natural. Either way, no official is suggesting homicide.”