Saturday, September 08, 2007

Cotton Autopsy Results Postponed

Sure is a nasty headline: Cotton investigation team asks coroner not to release cause of death. Makes you feel they're trying to hide something, doesn't it? Did the Times- Standard intend for it to look that way?

On closer inspection we're told they just want to get together with the coroner and compare notes in regards the incident before the official cause of death is made public. Still makes you wonder, as it gives the appearance of the investigators trying to get all their stories straight.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I imagine they do it that way all the time.

14 Comments:

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous heraldo said...

The T-S editorial is right on. What ever notes they have to compare won't change the cause of death.

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I was thinking the same thing myself earlier on.

And to update, hard- hitting editorial in the Times- Standard. I didn't catch it earlier because, once again, my hard copy of the T-S wasn't delivered. Missed it on the online version. Only caught wind of it when I checked out Humboldt Herald later in the morning.

 
At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fred, why would you give the cops the benefit of the doubt? as a Libertarian, I trust the govt WAY WAY WAY WAY less than you. Ive dealt with too many Humboldt county cops to be naive to their actions.

 
At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eurekans would have supported Hitler. Eurekans would have supported Jim Jones. Eurekans support death crews. Always have. Inbred Okies.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Fred said...

9:53 asks, "Fred, why would you give the cops the benefit of the doubt?".

I'm just giving them the benefit of the doubt that it isn't all that unusual to get together before releasing information to the public to figure out what's going to be said and how it will said. This time it just got publicized.

It doesn't sound too good, and probably isn't, in some ways. But every organization stops, goes into a huddle and tries to decide the best way to release information to the public.

You just can't help but wonder if, in this case, the investigators want to make sure their reports match up with the conclusions of the medical examiner, or....???

Like the T-S rightfully points out, the cause of death shouldn't be affected by the day it's released (or would it).

 
At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also all of the members of the "Committee" are from various police force agencies. Hislop is on the committee and was I think previously Eureka PD. If the cause of death won't change then what's the problem with releasing the cause of death. Maybe this will go on for over 500 days too.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Carol said...

The investigation is still on-going. Maybe they need to get all there ducks in a row. It sure is tragic for everyone involved. With the accident at Ruth, it has been a tragic week.

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Carol said...

"their" not "there" - typo

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the publicity and concern around this death, responsible public officials would want to quickly release any objective information they have, unless it would prejudice a future investigation. Perhaps the data implicates someone in partiular and charges are being considered. If thats the situation they would need to withhold the information while colleting evidence of wrongdoing.

Nah ! Fooled ya. There's no way local law enforcement would accuse one of their own. They're just making sure they have a good story to explain how the cause of death wasn't any of them.

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they didnt want to release info too early, why then did they release statements saying that cotton died from an LSD overdose? or that he banged his head agaisnt the wall? or that he had been in 3 fights? theyve released plenty of info..........now they dont want to release news that makes THEM(EPD) look badly

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Rose said...

In the climate we have locally - any public official who speaks before all the facts are in is inviting a firestorn of trouble. Garr Neilson should not have spoken before he saw the Cotton video, should not have held his town hall meeting until all the facts were in. Reacting to mob rule is not constructive. Releasing pieces of information prematurely only leads to speculation and more attacks.

If you guys want things to be more open, get out of the attack mode. In this case, the Times Standard needs to be a little patient. We will all know all the facts in due time, there are too many people involved and too many review procedures for anything to be hidden.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get off it Rose ! This is a very small, financially marginal, community and lots of stuff is hidden routinely. Ever learn why the Eureka city attorney left? Unlike in big city, if you lose friends here you may not be able to find anyone to replace them. And that applies the most to public officials who are most beholden to their personal friends and relatives that comprise their soical network.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Tell us why the Eureka City Attorney left.

You must have different friends than I do.

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That the point Rose, you don't know why the attorney left because a tight circle of public officials are protecting themselves against public opinion. You'll also never know the proximate cause of Cotton's death, for the same reason.

 

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