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originally posted by: muse7
Well since we're throwing common sense out the window...
Perhaps it might have been a male prostitute that caused Scalia to have a heart attack...have we had any reports of gay sex toys being found in the room?
He then contacted federal authorities, at first encountering a series of answering services because he was calling on a weekend.
"Ultimately they became available and handled it superbly. They flew in by helicopter. They told me to secure the ranch, which I did until this morning," he said.
MARFA – An open records violation civil lawsuit has been filed against four Presidio County public officials regarding the August 8, 2013 death of 27-year-old Melaney Parker.
The lawsuit, filed by Parker’s mother, Liz Parker of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks non-monetary relief from Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt, 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton, Presidio County Justice of the Peace Cinderela Guevara, and Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez.
The lawsuit lays out the family’s belief that the ruling of a suicide was premature and the investigation was incomplete. The lack of information disseminated to the family and the delays in responding to requests, the suit says, was intentional, stating “[…] the only answer to this delay appears to be that there is something they want to hide from the public eyes,” adding that the officials were covering up “[…] incompetence that led to destruction of evidence, protecting an unknown perpetrator, or believe that they are above the law and have no obligation [to release information to the public].”
Various witnesses on the night of the death, the suit also mentions, had made appointments for interviews with the sheriff, who did not show to any of the appointments.
Another claim listed in the lawsuit contends that Ponton had systematically discredited both Parker women to divert attention from the investigation.
“An attempt to malign the Requestor and her daughter seem to be motivated […] to stifle any objections by discrediting the objectors and the victim under the protection of his position as D.A.,” the lawsuit reads.
“I would not have had to file the lawsuit if they had complied with TPIA over the past year,” said Parker. “If they had responded, we would not be here at this point.”
Sheriff Dominguez and Judge Guevara could not be reached for comment.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: Indigo5
...and I've no reason to doubt the mans veracity. None.
How do we know that he did indeed die under the circumstances posited without having them investigated?
I'm not omniscient. No one else is, either, that I'm aware of.
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
a reply to: Indigo5
I think you're the one confused on the timeline.
They flew in the next morning:
Art. 49.04. DEATHS REQUIRING AN INQUEST. (a) A justice of the peace shall conduct an inquest into the death of a person who dies in the county served by the justice if:
(1) the person dies in prison under circumstances other than those described by Section 501.055(b), Government Code, or in jail;
(2) the person dies an unnatural death from a cause other than a legal execution;
(3) the body or a body part of a person is found, the cause or circumstances of death are unknown, and:
(A) the person is identified; or
(B) the person is unidentified;
(4) the circumstances of the death indicate that the death may have been caused by unlawful means;
(5) the person commits suicide or the circumstances of the death indicate that the death may have been caused by suicide;
(6) the person dies without having been attended by a physician;
(7) the person dies while attended by a physician who is unable to certify the cause of death and who requests the justice of the peace to conduct an inquest; or
(8) the person is a child younger than six years of age and an inquest is required by Chapter 264, Family Code.
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c) of this section, a physician who attends the death of a person and who is unable to certify the cause of death shall report the death to the justice of the peace of the precinct where the death occurred and request that the justice conduct an inquest.
Veteran homicide investigators in New York and Washington, DC, on Monday questioned the way local and federal authorities in Texas handled the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“It’s not unreasonable to ask for an autopsy in this case, particularly knowing who he is,” retired Brooklyn homicide Detective Patricia Tufo told The Post.
“He’s not at home. There are no witnesses to his death, and there was no reported explanation for why a pillow is over his head,” Tufo said. “So I think under the circumstances it’s not unreasonable to request an autopsy. Despite the fact that he has pre-existing ailments and the fact that he’s almost 80 years old, you want to be sure that it’s not something other than natural causes.”
originally posted by: AceWombat04
a reply to: IAMTAT
I can entertain that hypothesis. But then my question would be: what of the unwrinkled clothes? Did they put those on him after killing him? And if so, why then replace the pillow over his face? Or were his clothes simply unwrinkled when he laid down, and they were so fast, efficient, and quick, nothing was disturbed even in the slightest?
Possible, yes. But more probable than him simply dying suddenly and dropping the pillow on himself or some other scenario? Devil's advocate says no imo. But certainly possible.
I do believe an autopsy should be performed.