The son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday rejected conspiracy theories that his father was the victim of foul play.
Appearing on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Eugene Scalia called the suggestions a “hurtful distraction for a family in mourning” and asked Americans for their prayers.
“Our family just has no doubt that he was taken from us by natural causes,” said the younger Scalia, who practices law. “We accept that. We’re praying for him. We ask others to accept that and pray for him.”
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Partial Transcript [LISTEN]
Ingraham: I have to ask you about all the conspiracy theories out there. There was the ranch guy said, this, they found your dad this way. Again, as a son, you hear all of this, obviously there’s stuff you aren’t going to tell us, but is there any truth to any of these conspiracy theories? (4:00)
Scalia: I haven’t even tried to follow it all. But, what I would say is, as you said earlier, my father was like a force of nature. He seemed sort of a permanent institution. But, he would have been the first to tell you - the first - that, we’re from dust, we return to dust, your life could be taken from you at any instant. He was a month shy of 80 years old. He lived to see an incredibly full and active life, but I knew, and he knew, that he was at a place in life where he could be taken from this world at any time and that’s what happened last week. Our family just has no doubt he died of natural causes. And, we accept that. We’re praying for him, we ask others to accept that and pray for him. And, we also appreciate all those who are honoring his legacy as a justice and, as you’re doing a bit, as a father. You mentioned, honestly, 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. And, that’s all I want to say about that topic. (4:13)