Cibolo Creek Ranch, a luxury resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa in western Texas was the site of political fluster after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead there, reportedly of natural causes, at the age of 79. The Supreme Court Justice was a guest there, and had attended a private party with about 40 other guests the night before he was discovered dead in his room.
The 30,000 acre ranch in western Texas had played host to the private party at which Scalia was in attendance, and other attendees said that Judge Scalia had left the party early to go to bed after saying he was feeling tired. After Scalia didn’t appear at breakfast the following morning, an employee of the ranch went to his room to check on him, where Scalia’s body was found unresponsive at the scene.
Ranch management called for a local priest to administer last rites to Scalia’s body before a grey Cadillac hearse from Alpine Memorial Funeral Home came to collect the body around 5 p.m. of that day.
After preparations at the local funeral home, Scalia’s body was taken to El Paso, where it will soon be escorted back to Washington D.C. by a guard of U.S. marshals and U.S. Supreme Court Police.
A federal official (who asked not to be named) was called to the scene to confirm that there was no evidence of foul play involved in Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s death. The official stated that Scalia appeared to have died from natural causes stemming from his age.
The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were all involved in the investigation surrounding Scalia’s death from old age, citing due diligence in such an event that actively affects U.S. government.
Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, of the Western Judicial District of Texas, and U.S. District Judge Fred Biery were both notified about the death of Antonin Scalia from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Judge Biery confirmed the accounts of Scalia’s death. “I was told it was this morning,” Biery said. “It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it’s pretty vague right now as to how. My reaction is it’s very unfortunate. It’s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle we’re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected.”
U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez agreed that Scalia’s death will bring difficulties in nominating a replacement Justice on the Supreme Court. According to Gonzalez, President Barack Obama will be met with opposition in naming any replacement Justice before the end of his second presidential term. Gonzalez and many others speculate that Congress will block any appointment he tries to make, regardless of the candidates.
“I don’t see that the Republican-led Senate would confirm anybody chosen by President Obama,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez continued to say that while he only met Scalia once, they had a brief interaction. Gonzalez asked him how Scalia was doing. Scalia replied, “Fine.”
Gonzalez concluded, “I prevailed in my only exchange with the Supreme Court.”