Oct 30, 2019

Pathologist claims Jeffrey Epstein autopsy more consistent with homicide than suicide

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Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother, told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday that the evidence surrounding the financier and convicted sex offender's death earlier this year "points to homicide rather than suicide."

The big picture: Baden's claim, which directly contradicts the official ruling surrounding Epstein's death, argues that Epstein's injuries were "unusual for suicidal hangings and more consistent with ligature homicidal strangulation."

Yes, but: Baden himself pointed out his investigation is incomplete, according to Fox News. He told the network that a homicide would have left a perpetrator's DNA at the scene, but admitted that "we don’t have those results yet."

  • New York City medical examiner Barbara Sampson, who previously determined Epstein's death to have been a suicide, "strongly disputed" Baden's claims, per the New York Times.
  • A spokesperson for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office didn't respond to the Times' request for comment.

Worth noting: Epstein's death has been the center of conspiracy theories almost since the moment it was announced.

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Prince Andrew steps down from royal duties "for foreseeable future"

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Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, announced Wednesday in a statement that Queen Elizabeth gave him permission to step away from his royal duties, saying "circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein [have] become a major disruption to my family's work."

The big picture: The move comes as the duke has faced growing backlash after a recent BBC interview in which he answered questions for the first time about his friendship with Epstein. He also denied ever having a sexual relationship with one of Epstein’s accusers, as she has claimed.

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Barr: Jeffrey Epstein's death was a "perfect storm of screw-ups"

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Attorney General Bill Bar concluded Jeffrey Epstein's death was the result of "a perfect storm of screw-ups" during an interview with the AP.

The big picture: The death of the convicted sex offender in one of the most secure jails in America has sparked criminal charges against the guards monitoring him, controversy and even conspiracy theories, given Epstein's links to powerful people around the globe. Barr acknowledged as much in the interview, saying that he "can understand people who immediately — whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario."

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Two prison guards on duty during Jeffrey Epstein's death charged

The Manhattan Correctional Center where the Jeffrey Epstein was found dead. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Two federal prison guards, who were on duty at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in mid-August when financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead, were charged on Tuesday in connection with their alleged failure to properly check on Epstein as ordered.

Why it matters: These are the first charges to emerge from a criminal inquiry into Epstein's death, which has prompted investigations and the removal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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