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Copyright © 2016 by Wayne Stegall
Updated February 20, 2016.  See Document History at end for details.

Is Scalia a Martyr?

A logical case for the autopsy of Antonin Scalia

Like many I considered Antonin Scalia to be one of the heroes of conservatism.  So, I was shocked greatly to hear he had died and more that there would be no autopsy.

The common sense expectation that I and others hold that his body would be autopsied is backed by considerable logic.  Consider the elements that are required to prove any crime:  means, motive, and opportunity.  Alone these can prosecute a circumstantial case and are also the foundation of the prosecution of cases with hard evidence as well.  How could someone then argue that these circumstantial elements would fail to meet the criterion for probable cause.  Generally it would be irregular to forgo an autopsy of someone who died in a position of high political or legal significance.  All the players at a high level have the means to commit any crime.  Many have the motive.  Thus an only an opportunity is needed.  In Scalia's case having company with 35 other people not vetted for his protection, without the protection of the U. S. Marshals, and far away at a remote ranch could fit the background of a murder mystery whodunit.

Some will argue that his advanced age justifies ignoring the expected probable cause to do an autopsy.  However, I have found a paradox in this thinking:  that any cover that might suggest a reasonable explanation for a desired crime increases the boldness of the perpetrator to commit it.

Having deduced that autopsies should always be performed as matter of policy in these cases, then particulars can be argued as well.

After the body was discovered at 11am it seems that that John Poindexter, the ranch owner, did not directly fetch help.   Instead, he proceeded in a careful way like someone who had to contain a situation.   He was reluctant to divulge specific information when he made contacts.   In this way, he first got medical advice anonymously to determine the next course of direction.1  Then his 911 call asked for information to contact U.S. Marshals without disclosing Scalia's identity.2  In the interim, U.S. Marshals flew in by helicopter with orders to secure the ranch.  Later Poindexter's outreach to get a death certificate took a circuitous route, resulting in a death pronouncement over the phone which omitted to do an autopsy.  It is then odd that other judges who were called first but did not come rushed to the presumed funeral home when they discovered that it was Scalia.3  Another passed over judge said she would have ordered the autopsy.  It is also worthy of note that Poindexter already had his excuses to argue against an autopsy prepared and ready.  How convenient it was to have obtained some kind of statement about Scalia's doctor's opinion of his condition ready in advance.  The effect of Poindexter's careful, measured communications was to forgo an expected and proper autopsy.

Was Poindexter protecting a secret?  In any case, if he were a liberal, the suspicion that any murder revealed by an autopsy would likely harm liberal and not conservative politics would require proceeding carefully so that other actors drawn in would act with similar motives.  Then, instead of an unwanted controversy, his side could capitalize on the misfortune to benefit of ongoing abuse of power by those in charge.

Since some point of argument requires knowing of Mr. Poindexter was liberal in his politics, I went on the Federal Election Commission's website to search for any contributions he may have made.  It was not enough that pictures of him with Barack Obama circulated on the web.  These are the results:

John Poindexter contributed to these Democratic recipients
Bill White  

Ciro Rodriguez

Charlie Gonzalez

DCCC(Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)

Pete Gallego

Al Gore

With this information only, it can not be proven that the judge died of anything other than the asserted natural causes.  However, the will to evade the proper and expected autopsy raises questions and suspicions that require answers.  Furthermore, the Senate should not ratify any replacement for the vacant Supreme Court seat until the matter is resolved.

Some objective power needs to look into this matter!


Writing this article, like many others was a spiritual battle.  Often I have been contended by invisible powers advocating the interests of any number of actors who have victimized me at some point in the past.  In particular, Clinton or Democratic party interests have fought me since writing the article Clinton's Obsession.  At the point where I had made enough deductions to begin to write, I moved quickly to my computer to do so.  When, I had written logical deductions sufficient to offend opposing powers, it seemed that I had stirred the full wrath of the devil as it were.  So when I came back with Poindexter's contribution record to write the summary and finish, I now feel I may have softened my summary under the spiritual conflict of that moment and the desire to get something out before the body was buried.  Instead, I think the first sentence of the summary should have been:

Finally, without an autopsy, the cause of the judge's death cannot be known at all, leaving the skeptic unable to contend directly with the official statement that he died of natural causes.

The lack of an autopsy does not prove death by natural causes.  Instead the record of abuse of power on the part of the Obama administration and the Clintons invites every reasonable person to think otherwise.  How can Larry Nichols confess to have been the Clinton's hit man and logical inquiry deduce that Mitch McConnell to be under possible blackmail, and then everyone vested in liberalism dismiss the death of a conservative opponent of that evil as unworthy of inquiry?  Then the labeling of those opposing the subterfuge on genuine probable cause basis as conspiracy theorists seems part of the very real conspiracy to conceal the slightest scent of liberal crimes.

The body may be buried but this issue may linger a long time.

1John MacCormack, "Cibolo Creek Ranch owner recalls Scalia’s last hours in Texas,"  Monday, February 15, 2016, My San Antonio,
2"Replay of the 911 call from Cibolo Creek Ranch," viewed February, 17, 2016, Inside Edition.
3Reference to NPR piece, Kim LaCapria, "Antonin Scalia's Death Prompts Confusion, Conspiracy Theories," Feb 15, 2016.
4To search yourself go to and enter John Poindexter into the form.  His entries are with a residence of Houston,
Document History
February 18, 2016  Created.
February 20, 2016  Added section Afterthoughts at the end to properly convey the suspicions that remain.