Medical examiner dismisses doubts about Epstein autopsy

Medical examiner dismisses doubts about Epstein autopsy

Medical examiner dismisses doubts about Epstein autopsy

While many U.S. corporate media outlets reached their own conclusion on Epstein's August 10 death based off New York Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson's review, longtime New York City forensic pathologic Dr. Michael Baden disagreed and offered pertinent details about Epstein's death and his view of Sampson's determination.

Baden was hired by Epstein's brother, Mark Epstein, to observe the convicted pedophile's autopsy after the 66-year-old was found hanged in his cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center in August.

After serving an extremely lenient sentence for soliciting sex from a minor a decade ago, Epstein was arrested in July for similar offenses that allegedly took place at his properties in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

At the autopsy, Baden said, medical examiners weren't sure what happened.

Baden, who served as New York City's chief medical examiner in the 1970s, said the disgraced financier's injuries were unusual for suicide hangings.

"I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide", Dr. Baden said, who observed the autopsy, which was conducted by city officials.

But on Wednesday, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, whose office performed the autopsy, reiterated her findings.

"Hanging does not cause these broken bones".

There were also hemorrhages in Epstein's eyes that were common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon, though not unheard of, in suicidal hangings, the forensic pathologist said. "There is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office", the statement added.

"The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in", he said.

Baden echoed remarks from Epstein's attorneys in August in which the legal team said it had received opinions that Epstein suffered injuries consistent with a fatal assault.

"In forensics, it's a general principle that all information from all aspects of an investigation must be considered together", Dr Sampson said.

Baden also noted that security surrounding Epstein had been very lax before his death.

He has criticised the jail for "serious irregularities".

Mr Epstein's death touched off outrage that such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unwatched. Both were working overtime because of staffing shortages, the people said.

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