- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

The 52-year-old son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that the conspiracy theories floated by political commentators like Michael Savage and Alex Jones concerning his father’s death are a “hurtful distraction” to his legacy.

“It’s, I think, a distraction from a great man and his legacy at a time when there’s so much to be said about that and to help people even more fully appreciate that,” Eugene Scalia said on Laura Ingraham’s radio program. “And, on a personal level, I think it’s a bit of a hurtful distraction for a family that’s in mourning.”

Ms. Ingraham agreed, calling the speculation “the most stupidest, ridiculous thing.”

Mr. Scalia, a D.C.-based attorney, said he and his family never had any doubt that his father died of natural causes, which is why they didn’t seek an autopsy.

“My father would have been the first to tell you that we’re from dust, we return to dust, your life could be taken from you at any instant,” he said. “He was a month shy of 80 years old. He’d led this incredibly full and active life, but I knew, and he knew, that he was at a place in life where he could be taken from this world at any time, and that’s what happened last week.

“Our family just has no doubt that he died of natural causes. And we accept that. We’re praying for him. We ask others to accept that and pray for him,” he added.

Appearing on Mr. Savage’s radio show this week, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump flirted with the idea that the justice was murdered, saying, “They say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”

Justice Scalia, 79, died unexpectedly over the weekend at Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in West Texas. A Texas county judge decided no autopsy was needed after federal investigators determined there were no signs of foul play and his doctor confirmed he had a history of heart trouble and high blood pressure.

Ranch owner John Poindexter initially stated that Justice Scalia was found dead Saturday morning in bed with “a pillow over his head,” but clarified on Wednesday that the pillow was against the headboard above his head, “not over his face as some have been saying.”

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