Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday while vacationing at the exclusive Cibolo Creek Ranch in west Texas. According to the Washington Post, Scalia’s trip to the hunting ranch was an all-inclusive gift from the ranch’s owner, who reportedly received a favorable result on a Supreme Court hearing on age discrimination last year.
The Cibolo Creek Ranch is in Shafter, a Texas town just 30 miles from the Mexican border and is owned by John Poindexter, who also owns a Houston-based manufacturing firm named J.B. Poindexter & Co.
Last year, The Mic Group, a subsidiary of J.B. Poindexter, was named in an age discrimination suit. When the suit reached the Supreme Court on an appeal by the plaintiff, the Court declined to listen to the case, ending the suit in Poindexter’s favor.
In the wake of Scalia’s death, Poindexter confirmed that the Justice was invited as a guest. An insider who is familiar with the ranch’s operations said that the ranch has events two to three times a year, where friends and associates of Poindexter are welcomed onto the ranch for an all-inclusive vacation.
“I did not pay for the Justice’s trip to Cibolo Creek Ranch. He was an invited guest, along with a friend, just like 35 others,” said Poindexter in an email to the Washington Post. “The Justice was treated no differently by me, as no one was charged for activities, room and board, beverages, etc. That is a 22-year policy.’’
Although Poindexter said that Scalia’s trip was a tradition offered to friends and colleagues at the ranch, its close proximity to Poindexter’s favorable Supreme Court decision makes the free stay instantly suspicious.