Scalia death: ‘You know they murdered him, right?’

By Cheryl Chumley

Dick Gregory, comedian, activist and social justice crusader.
Dick Gregory, comedian, activist and social-justice crusader.

Dick Gregory, an 83-year-old comedian who’s known by some as much for his social justice activism than his headlining jokes at comedy clubs in choice spots around the nation, fired off a curious question to a reporter who was seeking information about his upcoming Virginia Beach event that took a cryptic look at Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent and sudden death, and bluntly asked: “You know they murdered him, right?” he said.

Virginia-Pilot reporter Rashod Ollison then asked for clarification.

Gregory’s reported reply: “They said they found him with a pillow over his face. That place where he was, it’s a place where money folks go and do their freak stuff. One of the most powerful people in the world and he ain’t got no bodyguard, man?”

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Gregory also said during the interview he had suspicions about the government account of former President Kennedy’s death.

“I read a thousand dollars of newspapers from around the world, man,” he said, the Virginia-Pilot reported. “I’m one of the few people that know but ain’t supposed to know that Kennedy didn’t die in Dallas. He was a vegetable. He died in April of ’71. Everybody knows that.”

The interview shortly after switched gears – but Gregory’s quips underscore the questions that still remain over Scalia’s February 13 death, despite the findings from authorities that nothing unusual or suspicious occurred, as WND reported.

The New York Post, days after Scalia was found dead, published an account from a forensic pathologist, Michael Baden, who served 25 years in a the chief medical examiner’s office for the city that included this claim: Scalia could have been poisoned with something that “doesn’t show anything on the body,” or he could have died from natural causes, as officials reported, he said.

And Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist who conducts autopsies for the Alameda County Sheriff Coroner’s Office in California, and is also the CEO of the consultant firm PathologyExpert Inc., wrote this for CNN just a few days ago: “Even if there was no foul play, the lack of an autopsy still leaves too many open questions.”

She went on, in CNN: “Scalia’s unexamined death will add to the conspiracy theory industrial complex. It didn’t need to be so, especially since Scalia’s pre-existing medical conditions make it likely that his death was a natural one. Why is it that in a nation with the best medical technology in the world, we are still allowing a law enforcement official and a judge on the end of a telephone line to declare someone dead and pronounce the manner of death as natural without an autopsy?”

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Melinek reminded the word autopsy in Greek means “see for yourself,” and said that’s exactly what the proper authorities should have done with Scalia’s death.

“[An autopsy] is the one and only scientific method for definitively determining the cause and manner of death,” she wrote. “Even if this decedent weren’t a controversial and powerful national figure, he should have had an autopsy. Why? Because whenever someone is dead in bed at a private residence with a pillow over his head, there is the possibility that the death was not a natural one. Scalia had underlying medical conditions, but he did not have a known terminal illness. He was not expected to die at any moment.”

She said Scalia’s death was just the type that come under the purview of coroners and medical examiners and “there should have been an autopsy by a board-certified forensic pathologist” and an investigation at the death scene by trained law enforcement and medical officials.

“Instead,” Melinek wrote, “we have a marshal and the property owner [John Poindexter] calling up a justice of the peace and everyone agreeing that there must have been ‘no foul play.’ Even if there was no foul play, the lack of an autopsy still leaves too many open questions. … Had Scalia died in an urban center with a medical examiner’s office, he would have had a thorough and complete death investigation … His body would have been brought to the morgue and at the very least, an external examination would have been performed by a licensed forensic pathologist.”

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