Justice for Scalia

The Arka Tech staff is split.

On Feb. 13, the Supreme Court lost Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Washington Post reported Scalia had been on a hunting trip with a friend on a West Texas Ranch. He was found in bed with his head elevated, his bedding draped over his body, showing no signs of a struggle, and a pitcher of water on his night stand. A potential key in determining the cause of death was also on the night stand; “A hose for the breathing machine was found on the left side of Scalia’s bed, but was not attached to him,” the Washington Post article read.

Scalia has since been laid to rest, but debate still surrounds the actions that took place after his passing.

“The manager of the funeral home that handled Scalia’s body said Scalia’s family insisted on not having an autopsy done,” the Washington Post article read.

Any journalist, the entire Arka Tech staff included, has asked why.

Scalia was a public figure, despite the fact he was not one to be in the public eye, with an almost burdensome responsibility. What if something went untreated that affected his judgment? Did the 79 year old have something to hide?

Does the family know something that the public doesn’t?

While the rumor mill continues to swirl, there are logical conclusions founded on facts.

Take Scalia’s health, for instance. He was a sick man; the 79 year old suffered from “coronary artery disease, obesity, diabetes and other ailments.”

Other reports said he smoked. However, this information wasn’t news, nor should it be a surprise when one considers his age.

Whatever the reason for deciding against an autopsy, the family holds the right to decide against something that is arguably personal and an invasion of privacy. The United States lost a conservative Justice that served for 30 years, who was known for staying close to the Constitution and its 18 century roots. This family lost a father, a husband, a nephew; he leaves behind his wife, nine children and several grandchildren.

The Arka Tech stands in support of these people, the family members that lost a loved one. We respect their decision despite our own questions and encourage others to do the same.