Remarkable how easily police, US marshals make decisions over which they do not have jurisdiction. In this case as in many, law enforcement officers make determinations usually left for the medical examiner. Is that called usurping? But it was only a Justice of the Supreme Court of The United States, not an important person. And under this White House there is never any reason to suspect lawlessness. Ahhh-hem!
[Judge] Guevara told the station that she planned to drive to the ranch but changed her mind when a U.S. marshal told her by phone: “It’s not necessary for you to come, judge. If you’re asking for an autopsy, that’s what we need to clarify.”
Guevara said she asked the Marshals whether there were “any signs of foul play. And they said, ‘Absolutely not,’ ” she told the station. After talking with Scalia’s personal physician, she said, she pronounced him dead and declined to order an inquest.
The death of Antonin Scalia: Chaos, confusion and conflicting reports
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