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‘The cause is hanging’: Medical examiner defends Jeffrey Epstein suicide ruling amid doubts raised by pathologist who observed autopsy

The medical examiner who ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death a suicide is standing by her determination despite doubts raised by a forensic pathologist who observed the autopsy after he was hired by Epstein’s family.

Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10, and the New York City medical examiner ruled his death a suicide by hanging.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Dr. Michael Baden said on “Fox and Friends” that he believed Epstein’s injuries were more consistent with homicidal strangling than hanging suicide. He pointed to fractures in Epstein’s neck and hemorrhaging in his eyes that indicated he may have been strangled rather than hung himself with a bed sheet.

On Wednesday, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson told the Associated Press that she stands by her determination of Epstein’s cause of death.

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“I stand firmly behind our determination of the cause and manner of death for Mr. Epstein. The cause is hanging, the manner is suicide,” Sampson told the news outlet, reiterating that she made her conclusion based on the totality of the analysis.

“In forensics, it’s a general principle that all information from all aspects of an investigation must be considered together,” she said.

“Everything must be consistent and nothing can be inconsistent, and no one finding can be taken in isolation. You can’t draw a conclusion from one finding. Everything about the case has to be considered.”

Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he died, and had finalized his will only two days prior to his death.

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