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Update on the Alabama Body Count and FTR #742

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Legal Schnau­zer: Sic ’em Dawg!

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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 [3], 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. [4]

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. [5]

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? . . .