Albany Times Union profiles Dr. Michael Baden: “Expert on the details of death”


Check out the profile on Dr. Michael Baden from the Albany Times Union…

Expert on the details of death
For forensic pathologist, another high-profile case
By Casey Seiler, Albany Times Union

It’s been said that we are all equal in the presence of death. But among those who investigate its causes, few can equal the stature of Dr. Michael Baden.

The forensic pathologist and former head of the State Police “medicolegal unit” has been a national figure for decades — from his 1970s reappraisals of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to his role as a defense expert in the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Baden was back in the news this week after the family of Michael Brown, the black teenager whose shooting by a police officer has inflamed the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., asked him to perform a private autopsy. (A third autopsy was subsequently performed at the request of the federal Justice Department, which has launched its own investigation into Brown’s death.)

In a Monday news conference, Baden kept his comments restricted to what the medical evidence said about the cause of death. The preliminary findings from his three- to four-hour examination found evidence that Brown was shot at least six times, including one trajectory that went from the top of the youth’s head to his jawline; Baden said he uncovered no sign of a struggle.

While the Brown family’s attorneys opened the news conference with comments arguing that the youth received the downward head shot while surrendering, Baden told reporters the wounds could be consistent with either a move to surrender or an aggressive effort to charge Darren Wilson, the officer identified by Ferguson police as the shooter.

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