scene of the “crime”

Cibolo Creek Resort.

If you want my opinion, the only crime that happened at the toney Cibolo Creek Ranch (114.6 miles by road from Estrella Vista) is that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent $700 a night for the “El Presidente Suite.” I mean it’s nice, but that nice? I don’t think so, but you judge for yourself.

El Presidente SuiteThe guy that got this whole flap started is the resort’s owner, John Poindexter. In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, he said: “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bedclothes were unwrinkled.”

Speaking later to NBC News, he said: ‘The judge… was in complete repose. He was very peaceful in the bed. He had obviously passed away with no difficulty at all in the middle of the night.”

John PoindexterYesterday, on CBS This Morning, Poindexter tried to clarify his words: Scalia “had a pillow over his head, not over his face as some have been saying. The pillow was against the headboard.”

After failing to arouse Scalia earlier, Poindexter and one of Scalia’s friends entered the room between 11:30 and 11:40 am on Saturday morning.

Presidio County Sheriff Danny DominguezThey discovered the judge’s corpse, and a 911 call was made at 12:04 pm. Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez says he and his deputies were the first responders on the scene at about 12:30 pm following a 39-mile drive from the police department in Marfa to the remote resort. “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.”

“It was totally routine,” he said. But that fact is ignored by conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones, who believe Scalia’s death is proof that something nefarious is afoot.

Other factors fueling speculation were that Scalia’s family said they didn’t want an autopsy for the 79-year-old, and a Texas justice of the peace declared Scalia dead over the phone, which is allowed by state law, after a US Marshall told her there was no evidence of foul play.
The biggest outrage—and the most egregious crime—is that the Republican congressional leadership, ignoring the fact that the timing of Scalia’s death is merely inconvenient to their party’s politics and the luck of the draw, announced right away that they would obstruct any attempt by President Obama to appoint another Supreme Court Justice, as is his Constitutional prerogative and responsibility.
“To leave the seat vacant at this critical moment in American history is a little bit like saying, ‘God forbid something happen to the president and the vice president, we’re not going to fill the (vacancy) for another year and a half,'” Vice President Joe Biden said.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor became the latest voice arguing Scalia’s seat should be filled expeditiously. O’Connor, a Ronald Reagan nominee who retired in 2006, told Fox 10 in Phoenix she disagreed with those calling to wait for the next president.

“I think we need somebody there now to do the job,” she said, “and let’s get on with it.”


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2 Responses to “scene of the “crime””

  1. 1 Erik Roth
    February 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Apropos, quid pro quo …

    Posted to this article:

    in the NYTimes is this comment:

    John Kolacz, Lexington KY —
    I thought it was very strange when Mitch McConnell came out with a wild claim that President Obama would not be allowed to fulfill his constitutional duties and appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court. It just seemed very strange to me… I couldn’t understand why they had to jump on it so fast… then I thought “what a great distraction. I wonder what they are trying to hide?” Cibolo Creek is a private ranch, where normal rooms cost $800 a night. Then there’s the private jet that was chartered to fly him there. That flight was around $10,000. Then I read an interview with the owner of the ranch, who said that Scalia was not paying for his room or his flight, but was a guest of someone. This isn’t the first time Scalia has had an all expense paid vacation either. There was the time when Halliburton had an appeal pending with the Supreme Court and Dick Cheney flew Scalia to a ranch on his private jet to go hunting. There’s also the Trip to Scotland to play golf on the historic St Andrews golf course, paid for by another party to a pending appeal before the supreme court. In both cases, Scalia was asked to recuse himself, and in both cases he didn’t see any reason why he would do such a thing. I think that The minute they found Scalia dead, a hasty plan was made where McConnell would throw out such a great distraction that nobody would even think to question who was paying for Scalia’s trip and what they might stand to gain from providing such favors.

  2. 2 Erik Roth
    February 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Sorry, but I see that URLs are not allowed.
    OK. The NYTimes article the comment I posted referred to, should anyone want to reference that, was headlined:
    “Why is Mitch McConnell picking this fight?”
    (The “readers’ picks” comments posted to NYTimes pieces are often better than the articles and columns themselves.)

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