The eldest son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday sought to dispel swirling conspiracy theories that his father died as the result of foul play.
“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. And, on a personal level, I think it’s a bit of a hurtful distraction for a family that’s mourning,” Eugene Scalia said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump this week expressed skepticism about the death of the conservative icon, saying, “They say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”
Scalia died unexpectedly over the weekend at a ranch in Texas. A state judge had declared him dead over the phone, allowed under Texas state law, and Scalia’s family didn’t push for an autopsy for the 79-year-old justice.