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Update on the Alabama Body Count and FTR #742

Legal Schnauzer: Sic 'em Dawg!

Can't Catch Me, Says Rove

COMMENT: The courageous and incisive legal/political blog Legal Schnauzer continues its groundbreaking coverage of  an epidemic of lethal political skullduggery in Alabama, all of it apparently linked to the Karl Rove/GOP conspiracy against former governor Don Siegelman. The key to Rove’s destruction of Siegelman was the manipulation and politicization of U.S. attorneys–Rove was subpoenaed in connection with that ongoing investigation.

Two recent developments: The forensic evidence in the murder (officially a “suicide”) of attorney Major Bashinsky has been released and–surprise, surprise–the nature of the fatal gunshot wound is NOT consistent with suicide.

As discussed in FTR #742, this should come as no surprise–no one could possibly accept such a thing. Consider: . . . Authorities say [Major] Bashinsky wrapped rope around parts of his body and attached a bottle that contained a copy of the note they found in his car. He stuck a label from a Golden Flake bag in the roof of his mouth and loosely bound his mouth with duct tape and his hands with rope. He then walked into the [golf course] pond and shot himself. . . .

Yeah right. As seen below, Bashinsky’s fatal wound does not have the characteristics expected of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he shot himself with the wrong hand, and his whole head was bound with duct tape!

In addition, The Beast of the Apocalypse– ole 666 himself, Karl Rove, is going to be at a political function in Alabama. His choice of venues suggests that his motivations are directly connected to the bloody machinations and cover-ups he appears to have engendered in Alabama.

The Bashinsky autopsy findings:

“Suicide Finding in the Major Bashinsky Case Springs Multiple Leaks” by Lori Alexander Moore and Roger Shuler; Legal Schnauzer; 7/20/2011.

EXCERPT: . . . Let’s ponder a few more oddities that we’ve discovered after reviewing the entire ME’s report. You can read the entire autopsy report at the end of this post:

* An absence of stippling–Stippling is a pattern of abrasions around an entrance wound and is a key factor in determining the range of fire. Here is a description from an article titled “Practical Pathology of Gunshot Wounds”:

The principle indicator of close range fire is stippling, that is, a pattern of tiny, punctuate abrasions in the skin surrounding the entrance wound . . . .  Stippling is caused by unburned particles of gunpowder striking the skin. In contrast to other substances that may be deposited on the skin, such as soot, stippling cannot be washed away. The presence of stippling indicates that the muzzle of the gun was within 2 feet of the victim’s body when it was discharged.

The article goes on to state: “Contact range wounds are commonly seen in suicidal firearm injuries.”

Major Bashinsky’s body was found in a golf-course water hazard, but we now know that stippling cannot be washed away. We also know that firearm suicides almost always are at close range, even contact range. That means stippling certainly should have been present if Major Bashinsky shot himself. But on page 5, the ME’s report states:

Obvious gunpowder residue is observed within the wound along the soft tissue extending to the skull. Additionally, there is a small amount of gunpowder residue noted on the outer table of bone adjacent to the entrance defect on the skull. The gunshot wound does not have stippling.

The absence of stippling means the shot was from a distance of more than two feet. Why would someone shoot themselves in the head from a distance of more than two feet? Is that even possible for most people?

In the case summary of the Bashinsky autopsy, the report states “the decedent had a perforating contact gunshot wound of the head with resultant skull fractures and perforation of the brain as described.” If that was the case, why was there no stippling? The ME seems to be contradicting himself here.

* A left-to-right shooting–The ME’s report makes it clear that the bullet that killed Major Bashinsky traveled on a left-to-right path. From page 6 of the report:

The course of the gunshot wound is left to right, with an approximate 10-degree deviation upward and no significant anterior/posterior deviation.

Sloan Bashinsky Jr., Major’s brother who lives in Key West, Florida, has written on his blog that Major was right-handed. (Sloan also has written that he accepts the suicide finding.)

Are we to believe that Major Bashinsky, who was right handed, used his left hand to shoot himself in the head, with the gun at a distance of more than two feet? That might not be physically impossible, but it sure seems unlikely.

* A matter of duct tape–It has been widely reported that duct tape was found around Bashinsky’s mouth. But the ME’s report states that the taping job was more substantial than has been reported. From page 4 of the report:

round the decedent’s mouth and lower face is grey duct tap which has been wrapped completely around the head approximately 3-4 times. The edges of the duct tape grossly appear to have been “cleanly” cut.

Major Bashinsky wrapped his own head completely with duct tape, going around three or four times? He did this while making “clean” cuts on the tape. And since he must have been alone during a suicide, he did all of this while standing in a pond–or he did it on the edge of the pond while walking into the water? Again, that might not be physically impossible, but it sure seems unlikely. . . .

About Karl Rove’s upcoming political gig in Alabama:

“Why is Karl Rove Planning to Visit the Backwoods of Alabama?”; Legal Schnauzer; 7/25/2011.

EXCERPT:  . . . “An Evening With Karl Rove” will be August 18 at the civic center in Enterprise, Alabama. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30, followed by remarks from Rove. For those who can’t wait, ticket information is available at (334) 494-2427 and RSVPs must be received by August 8.

Enterprise, to be sure, is a bit off the beaten path. A town of about 26,000 hardy souls, it is in Coffee County in southeast Alabama, just above the Florida line.

Why would one of the biggest names in Republican politics pay a visit to such an out-of-the-way place? Perhaps we should note that the event is sponsored by the Coffee County Republican Committee and follow up with these questions: Who used to be Coffee County’s representative on the GOP’s executive committee? Who used to be the elected district attorney for Coffee County before moving on to greener pastures during the George W. Bush administration?

The answer to both of those questions is Mark Fuller, now chief U.S. judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Fuller has served in that position since Bush appointed him in 2002–while Rove served as chief White House adviser.

And for what is Mark Fuller best known? Why, he was the judge who handled the case against former Democratic governor Don Siegelman, perhaps the most notorious political prosecution in American history. According to the sworn testimony of Alabama whistleblower and attorney Jill Simpson, that case was driven by GOP political operatives in Alabama, with assistance from Rove in Washington, D.C.

Why, exactly, is Karl Rove coming to Enterprise, Alabama? . . .


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  1. The person who accused Roy Moore, the Alabama Special Election Senate Candidate, of inappropriate Sexual Contact when she was a minor had her house burned down.


    Roy Moore accuser’s Gadsden home burns; arson investigation underway

    Updated Jan 6; Posted Jan 5

    Tina Johnson’s home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden burned on Jan. 2, 2018. The Etowah County Arson Task Force is investigating, and the sheriff’s department has spoken with a “suspect of interest.” (Submitted)
    By Anna Claire Vollersavollers@al.com
    Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson lost her home Wednesday in a fire that is now under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force.

    Tina Johnson, who first came to public notice for accusing Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her in his office in the early 1990s, said her home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden caught fire Tuesday morning.

    After neighbors and some utility workers called 911 shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Lookout Mountain Fire Department responded to the scene. By the time the flames were extinguished, Johnson and her family had lost everything they owned.

    Tina Johnson said she’s struggling now to get out of the motel room that she, husband and grandson have been sharing since the fire.

    “I am devastated, just devastated,” said Johnson on Friday morning. “We have just the clothes on our backs.”

    Nobody appears to have been harmed in the blaze; Johnson and her husband were at work, and her grandson was at school.

    “That fire is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force,” said Natalie Barton, public information officer with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department. “A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time.”

    Barton later released a statement, saying, “The ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him. More details will be released when warrants are obtained.”

    According to Johnson and neighbor Kevin Tallant, other neighbors witnessed a young man who had a history of public intoxication walking around the house before and during the blaze.

    “He’s been trouble in the neighborhood for a while,” said Tallant, who lives across the street from Johnson and her family. He got a call from another neighbor that morning who said smoke was coming from the home and that somebody might be inside.

    “I threw on my coveralls and took off down the driveway,” he said. His wife called 911 at 8:26 a.m. but the dispatcher said they’d already received a call about the fire. “I got up there,” he said, “and (the fire) was already pretty well started. When the fire department got there, I started helping them.”

    Johnson said she has not yet heard from law enforcement how or why the fire started, except that it started at the back of the house.

    She said a woman neighbor told her that the young man in question approached her as she was getting in her car that morning and asked if she thought Johnson’s house was going to burn. The neighbor didn’t know what he was talking about, she said, because flames weren’t visible at the time.

    Johnson and her family are currently living in a motel. On Friday morning, she was headed to Wal-Mart to purchase toiletries and other necessities. She said she is thankful for good neighbors, who have rallied around the family.

    “My neighbors are just heartbroken, too,” she said. “They’re pulling together and helping us out.”

    Tallant said the Johnsons are good neighbors. He’d been over at her house recently, sharing some turnip greens.

    “She’s a super good neighbor,” he said. “I like people like that. I hope they build back there.”

    Updated 1/5/2018 to include additional statements from the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department.

    At least the public supports her:

    Supporters of Roy Moore accuser raise $175K after house fire

    John Bacon, USA TODAY Published 12:27 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2018 | Updated 12:30 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2018

    Police are investigating an arson incident at the home of one of the women who accused former Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. Tina Johnson lost her home and all of her belongings. Buzz60

    Supporters of an Alabama woman whose home was destroyed in a fire after she accused former Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual harassment have raised more than $175,000 to rebuild her home.

    Silicon Valley tech executive Katie Jacobs Stanton created a GoFundMe drive Friday, two days after the blaze at the Gadsden home of Tina Johnson.

    “Tina Johnson bravely shared a story about being sexually harassed by Roy Moore,” Stanton said on the GoFundMe page. “It has always been dangerous and risky for women (and men) to speak out against sexual harassment.”

    Stanton does not make a direct correlation between the fire and Stanton’s claim. But she calls the fire “disturbing” and notes that an arson investigation is underway.

    “We are overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness,” Stanton said in an update Sunday.

    More: Roy Moore accuser files suit alleging defamation

    More: Doug Jones certified as winner of Alabama special election

    Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said the county’s arson task force was investigating and that a “person of interest” has been interviewed. He did not link the fire to the Moore claims.

    “The ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him,” Entrekin said in a statement.

    Johnson was one of several women who went public with claims that Moore sexually harassed or assaulted them. She claimed Moore grabbed her buttocks at a meeting in his law office in 1991 when she was 28.

    Moore has denied any wrongdoing. The Republican was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones in a contentious special election last month to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Stanton said the GoFundMe money will be used to help rebuild Johnson’s home and for living expenses to “ease the weight of all this.” Any additional funds can be donated to organizations supporting victims of sexual harassment and/or arson, Stanton said.

    “Money won’t erase what happened, but I truly hope it will help,” Stanton said.

    Posted by Mary Benton | January 8, 2018, 8:52 pm

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