The death of Justice Antonin Scalia this past weekend has sent ripples through the political and public landscape. The Justice was found dead in his room at a hunting ranch in west Texas, he was 79.
Lots of controversies are now surrounding his passing, most importantly the empty seat on the Supreme Court. Republicans, especially in the Senate, are refusing to accept or vote on anyone that President Obama appoints, threatening to push it back over a year for a new president, thus starting what may become a constitutional crisis between the two parties.
There is also some conspiracies starting to grow around the Justice’s death. Unlike the president, there are no rules to transparency of health records for Supreme Court justices, so any major health concerns Scalia may have had were not publicly known. The fact that a local Texas judge decided not to order an autopsy also lends to conspiracy theories. Reports from the ranch owner who found Scalia’s body were that he died in bed with a quote “pillow over his head.” The owner has since clarified that the pillow was indeed over his head and not his face like some are interpreting it. Officials have stated that there were no signs of foul play in the room.