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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? . . .


One comment for “Update on the Alabama Body Count and FTR #742”

  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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