Sunday Links

Sunday, June 28th, 2009
  • Straight Outta’ Moscow.
  • Others have done the celebrity Facebook page gag before, but this one is pretty well-executed.
  • New report casts fresh doubt on “shaken baby syndrome.”
  • Another bizarre autopsy case in Mississippi: “His body organs were missing and he was stuffed with bed sheets.” Yes, Dr. Hayne is involved, though it isn’t yet clear just where in the chain of custody his initial autopsy came.
  • Police officer once again treads onto private land, shoots and kills the owner’s dog. And once again, witness accounts of the incident differ sharply from officer accounts.
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    1. #1 |  Judi | 

      Apparently the organs were not removed at the first funeral hime, Orange Mound since the body was autopsied by Hayne after being sent to the second funeral home, N.J.Ford and Sons.

      There are claims that the ‘girlfriend’ of the deceased who worked at that first one, removed the organs since she did not want authoritues to discover the alleged ‘foul play’ she had perpetrated.

      I spoke to a well known M.E. in San Diego who told me that funeral homes do re-open the bodies AFTER autopsy.

      But considering the controversy and FACTS surrounding the infamous Hayne, one has to consider that he is a possible suspect in the case of the missing organs.

      I also know it was Hayne who ‘noted’ the missing organs but then ‘others’ such as members of law enforcement may have been present at the autopsy after the exhumation and Hayne may have had no other choice but for ONCE in his ‘career’ to NOTE THE TRUTH!

    2. #2 |  chsw | 

      WTF? If Hayne found the body stuffed with bedsheets while performing the first autopsy, why didn’t he inform the police at that time? That is either negligence or obstruction. If the bedsheets were found after the exhumation, that points to Hayne and his assistants mishandling the remains during and after the first autopsy. Every attorney should bring this case forward during any testimony Hayne ever gives again, should he keep his licenses.


    3. #3 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Wait a sec. Does this mean that people are actually getting convicted on the basis of junk science? I’m shocked!

      Thankfully only psychiatric, forensic, eye-witness, and medical evidence is subject to erroneous scientific claims. The rest is rock solid.

    4. #4 |  Judi | 

      chsw, NO ONE and trust me here, wants to see Hayne go down anymmore than I do but we don’t know if the ‘bedsheets’ were there in the first autopsy or not…or perhaps Hayne placed them there himself.

      Who knows?

      Sounds like a good case for FORENSIC SCIENCE to solve.

      Wouldn’t it be POETIC JUSTICE if Forensic Science is the very thing that brings Hayne to his own justice?

    5. #5 |  Judi | 

      I apologize for my type-o’s today. My gamma rays aren’t beaming in for soem reason…lol.

    6. #6 |  Judi | 

      ‘soem’? SOME…hell I give up!

    7. #7 |  Marty | 

      in the comments section of the ‘cop shoots dog’ article, someone wrote, ‘A society that makes war on it’s Police, had better learn to make friends with it’s criminals.’

      an obvious response- ‘A govt that makes war on it’s citizens is a bunch of tyrants and criminals.’

    8. #8 |  MacGregory | 

      Relax Judi. I think most of us have learned to read through typos.

      “…Officer Darrell Johnson stepped over a low wire fence on Derwood Court as he was running after a suspect.”

      That alone raises my suspicion. One of my neighbors has two dogs that charge the four foot chain-link fence every time they see me. I spoke to the owner once saying “I’m just glad that fence is there.” He replied “If they really wanted to get you, that wouldn’t stop them. They just know better.” Despite the fact that I’ve walked by there hundreds of times they still come at me, Apparently, they trust no one. Good dogs, if ya ask me.

    9. #9 |  MacGregory | 

      “In the past, the conclusions from TBI reports have been made public, but not the contents of the findings.”
      Unless ofcourse, it was a case where a large amount of weed was uncovered. Then their “findings” would be photographed and displayed as if it were a captured enemy battleship.

    10. #10 |  Chance | 

      I think many parents may be predisposed to believe shaken baby accusations, because I have yet to meet a parent who hasn’t admitted (sometimes half-jokingly, usually not) to occasionally having a dark thought to just *make* the child stop crying. Sometimes I wonder how kids make it to adulthood at all.

      Totally off topic, but I just finished reading a book called “The State of Jones”. It’s about a county in Mississippi that had a large Unionist guerilla movement that fought the rebels. When I read about tax collectors, soldiers, and corrupt sheriffs being ran off at the point of the gun, I immediately thought that libertarians would like this book -no snark intended.

    11. #11 |  CC | 

      Ensign changing his relationship status to “it’s complicated” was the best part.

    12. #12 |  J sub D | 

      Straight Outta’ Moscow.


      New report casts fresh doubt on “shaken baby syndrome.”

      I don’t see malice here, but oh shit. We can expect DAs to reflexively fight any attempt to re-open cases based on these scientific doubts about the reliability of expert testimony. We can also expect that some judges will agree with the DAs in good conscience. Trials do have to have an end.

      Another bizarre autopsy case in Mississippi: “His body organs were missing and he was stuffed with bed sheets.” Yes, Dr. Hayne is involved, though it isn’t yet clear just where in the chain of custody his initial autopsy came.

      This one is just too weird. Naturally I suspect Haynes to be involved in something unethical and probably illegal, but I doubt any proof of it will be forthcoming. My sympathies to the family.

      Police officer once again treads onto private land, shoots and kills the owner’s dog. And once again, witness accounts of the incident differ sharply from officer accounts.

      I ask again, if a cop’s and a crack whore’s testimonies differ, wht the hell should I give more credence to the cop’s? You can safely bet that the “investigation” concludes that the officer acted appropriately and in accordance with procedure.

      The Nigaz oil corporation in Nigeria saves today’s links from being a complete bringdown.

      I hope this comment appears as intended. If it doesn’t I will blame the site designer for not including a preview option. ;-)

    13. #13 |  Judi | 

      Chance, I remember laying in the rear window of my parents car and laying on blankets and pillows in the back of the family station wagon. My dad gave up a mixture or rock candy and whiskey when we were sick, swatted our behinds when we screwed up, gave us chores that had better be done right and in a timely manner, and shook us to get our attention from time to time.

      But those same hands, gently rocked me to sleep through various illnesses, patted my back when they were proud or just because…

      Those hands toiled away endlessly in a hot nasty cotton mill everyday just to make sure I was clothed, fed and had a roof over my head.

      Those hands hugged me and even though it seemed they were made of steel sometime, they were filled with love.

      By today’s standards…or political correctness, my parents would have been under the jail for so-called abuse. Even though I thought sometimes they were a bit too harsh, I will never see my parents as criminals, neglectful or abusers.

      You’d be surprised at the number of folks who were raised like me. Shaking a baby was not uncommon. I’ve seen people turn babies upside down, hold them by one leg and strike them in the back when they swallowed a foreign object. Worst thing they could ever do.

      My dad passed away unexpectantly in 1998. I would give anything to have him alive to hug me or shake me!

      SBS is and has been controversial ever since they stuck a ‘label’ on it.

      In the article, they even state that symptoms of SBS can be seen in babies even BEFORE they are taken home.

      So unless a camera is filming every moment of a child’s life from the minute he/she is born, we have no way of drawing any viable conclusions…and certainly not enough to send a person to prison or death row.

    14. #14 |  Bob | 

      “According to Quillin, there were other officers in the area at the time of the shooting, and he based his information on the officers’ statements and police reports.”

      Ok, so he based his information of the PERJURED accounts of sworn officers.

      Why don’t these fuckers ever go to jail for this? This is a fucking felony! A felony, it seems… that is routine.

      It isn’t even a stretch in this case, the stories are completely across the board, with gigantic holes in them. Look at the fence… a child could step over it, would that hold ‘vicious dogs’? No. ergo, the dogs probably aren’t vicious beasts trained for the dog fighting ring.

      First it’s “chasing two suspects”, black men, no less… suspected of B&E, with the coppers hot on their tail! Wait… no… it’s one white guy. Who lives there. He must have given the stink eye to the coppers. Thank goodness for the old fallback, “Arrested for resisting arrest”.

    15. #15 |  Greg C | 

      Supposedly “chasing” 2 black males..Then

      “Shupe, a white male, was arrested and charged with resisting and evading arrest.

      “While that person — or persons — was not apprehended, Shupe “looked in my direction then proceeded in a fast walk away from me,” according to Johnson’s report.”

      So they got a white guy who lived there and he was arrested for not wanting to be arrested for looking at a cop?

      I will never understand how anyone can be charged with resisting arrest when there is no arrestable offense.

    16. #16 |  Greg C | 

      Basically, if one sees a cop in his general vicinity one should generally assume he is subject to arrest. Is that how it works?

    17. #17 |  SJE | 

      Hayne autopsy report:

      Cause of death: all internal organs replaced with bed sheets
      Toxicology:Traces of DOWNY fabric softener
      Notes: I suspect viral infection that transforms internal organs into bed sheets. No sign of foul play.

      /S Hayne/

    18. #18 |  SJE | 

      Actually, given that the liver and kidneys are the most likely places to look for poisons, this looks like pretty damning evidence of a cover up. Of course, the question is who did it, and can be explained away.

      Most states have laws against misuse/mishandling of human body parts. It would be ironic if Stephen Hayne went down on this sort of crime. Kinda like Al Capone and tax evasion.

    19. #19 |  Big Boy | 

      If a police officer’s lips are moving, he is lying.
      If he has been sworn, then he is perjuring himself.
      Source: my 40 years of law practice.

    20. #20 |  Chris | 

      I was on the jury for a shaken baby case 12 years ago. Even before reading this, I regretted letting the other jurors talk me into voting “guilty”. Now I’m even more sure I voted incorrectly. Thankfully, there was one cranky old guy who wouldn’t be swayed from his “not guilty” vote, so the jury was hung. The old guy would never give his reasons, but I’m sure glad he had his principles, whatever they were.

      Between that jury-duty experience and 4 years training at a hole-in-the-wall gym where half the members were cops (it was across the street from the police dept), I made a pretty dramatic shift in my thinking early in adulthood. Familiarity breeds contempt, at least in my case.

    21. #21 |  Dr. T | 

      There really is a shaken baby syndrome. The injuries are quite unique, because there are subdural, subarachnoid, and retinal hemorrhages due to shearing forces. When those findings occur in a baby with no damage to the skin, scalp, skull, or body, then the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome is correct.

      The problem with shaken baby syndrome is that too many medical examiners and coroners diagnosed it without having the full criteria. In that case of the 18-year-old British nanny, the baby had external head trauma. The diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome may be wrong, unless they proved that she smacked the baby’s head against something while shaking him.

    22. #22 |  hamburglar007 | 

      In other news, Billy Mays was found dead this morning. Police suspect foul play, reporting he was found with a ShamWow! covering his face

    23. #23 |  Aresen | 

      Straight Outta’ Moscow.

      I gotta send that link to the White House website.

    24. #24 |  ClubMedSux | 

      “Witnesses told the Times-News that police were called to the area to search for two black males. … Shupe, a white male, was arrested and charged with resisting and evading arrest.”

      C’mon, all black people look the same… even the white ones.

    25. #25 |  Cynical in CA | 

      Anyone know anything about starting an insurance company?

      I’d like to offer coverage for the shooting death of a family dog by a police officer, with coverage amounts up to any amount the family values their pet (with an increased premium for high-dollar values of course).

      Is this a product that any dog owners would be willing to purchase?

      I see this as a potential “free-market” solution to a problem that WILL NEVER GO AWAY. At least the risk of dog ownership will be borne privately instead of by the community at-large, as is the case when police misconduct lawsuits are settled, because the State agents NEVER have to pay for their mistakes.


    26. #26 |  CC | 

      (((I remember laying in the rear window of my parents car and laying on blankets and pillows in the back of the family station wagon.)))

      And had your parents’ car been rear ended by a truck going particularly fast or been in a serious accident, you would not remember it because you would be dead.

      I get the general jist of your response, and I understand that loving parents make mistakes and not everybody agrees what conduct is abusive, but please recognize that in some sense though your parents loved you they rolled the dice with your life by doing some of that stuff.

    27. #27 |  SJE | 

      re: insurance for pets.

      There is already medical insurance for animals, and it is possible to get life insurance too (tho probably very expensive). Each of these would provide a model and would, at least, give a monetary value that you could take into court.

    28. #28 |  Cynical in CA | 

      Thanks SJE, maybe I’ll pitch my new product to an existing company.

    29. #29 |  Judi | 

      I understand what you are saying cc…but back then (and I am nearly 53) seat belts were not available in most cars.

      I’m not saying it wasn’t a gamble…but then they had no alternatives at that time…afterall, isn’t life itself a big ole toss of the dice?