Back Where Arkancide Began…

A rather interesting article in the LA Times from back in 1992 before Bill Clinton was even president:

Clinton’s Ties to Controversial Medical Examiner Questioned

Gov. Bill Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, refused for several years to dismiss a state medical examiner whose controversial decrees included a ruling that helped Clinton’s mother, a nurse-anesthetist, avoid scrutiny in the death of a patient, according to Arkansas officials and state records.

The medical examiner, Dr. Fahmy Malak, “was sort of protected by the governor and the (state crime laboratory) board,” state Rep. Bob Fairchild, a Democrat from Fayetteville, told The Times. Fairchild is the author of unsuccessful legislation to reform the laboratory board, which has authority over the state medical examiner. Clinton appoints the board members.

Clinton, Malak and Clinton’s mother, Virginia Dwire Kelley, 68, deny any connection between Malak’s longevity in his job and his ruling involving Kelley. Malak, through his attorney, says he did not know that one of his findings had benefited Kelley until years after he issued the ruling.

The governor and his board declined to fire Malak despite more than four years of public criticism of Malak’s work. The record shows that Malak testified erroneously in criminal cases, that his rulings were reversed by juries and that outside pathologists challenged his findings. In one instance, he misread a medical chart and wrongly accused a deputy county coroner of killing someone. In another, he based court testimony on tissue samples that DNA tests later indicated had been mixed up with other tissue samples.

It’s worth reading the whole thing.  Also there’s an organization called VOMIT involved.

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