Judge raises new questions about Justice Scalia’s health

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at a constitutional law symposium where he delivered a talk called “Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the High Court," Friday, March 14, 2014, in Atlanta.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas county judge who decided no autopsy was needed following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is raising new questions about Scalia’s health in the days before he died.

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara tells The Associated Press that she spoke to Scalia’s doctor on the day Scalia was found dead at a remote Texas ranch. She says the doctor told her Scalia had a history of heart trouble, high blood pressure and was considered too weak to undergo surgery for a recent shoulder injury.

Those details are seemingly at odds with the recollections of friends who described Scalia has his usual, happy self during the time leading up to his death. Unlike presidents, the high court’s members don’t provide regular health disclosures to the public.

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