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:
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:
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? . . .