It expanded to the medical examiner, Fahmy Malak."
Fahmy Malak, Arkansas State Medical ExaminerAt the time, Fahmy Malak, Arkansas's state medical examiner, was the one responsible for ruling on cause of death.His plan was to rule the boys' deaths a double suicide.
Without any supporting evidence, Malak ruled that the boys had each smoked more than twenty marijuana cigarettes and, in a psychedelic stupor, had fallen asleep on the tracks.
It was later learned that the state crime lab never even tested for the concentration of marijuana and, in fact, had used a test on the boys' blood which was designed to be used on urine.
Outside experts were shocked at the absurd ruling.
The families' nightmare battle against the state medical examiner was made more difficult by Governor Clinton's public support of Malak.
Burton's autopsy also revealed that Malak had mutilated Kevin's skull by sawing it in so many different directions that it was impossible to tell where the original skull fractures were.
Malak also had completely dismantled Kevin's jaw bones.
Was Malak trying to hide something?
"Aformer employee at the crime lab has said he discovered what appeared to be evidence of a stab wound during the original autopsy, but was told, quote, 'not to worry about it.' Malak has refused all comment."
In 1992, The Los Angeles Times tallied more than twenty additional cases where Dr. Malak had falsified evidence and ruled incorrectly.
Incredibly, Malak had ruled suicide.
In this case, Malak ruled the cause of death to be an ulcer.
Although Milam's head had been clearly severed with a knife, Malak claimed the family pooch had bitten off the head, eaten the entire thing, and then regurgitated it.
Malak says he tested the dog's vomit and found traces of Milam's brain and skull.
Unfortunately for Dr. Malak, Milam's head was later found.Malak, it turns out, had made up the entire story.
Media coverage of Malak's dishonest rulings resulted in a massive public outcry calling for his removal from office.
"Based on the facts I have, I really feel that Arkansas owes Dr. Malak a great debt and a real apology."
T.V. REPORTER (news footage)
"Today the governor was asked if Malak should resign."
His testimony compromised evidence in a lot of felony cases in Arkansas, and it was very transparent that Fahmy Malak had some kind of hold over Bill Clinton.
Dr. Malak's testimony cannot be released at this time.
At first, it became a story about former Arkansas State Medical Examiner Fahmy Malak's practically "off-the-wall" finding that the cause of the deaths was accidental, and that the two young men fell asleep on the railroad tracks in a marijuana-induced stupor and were run over by a train.
This special grand jury investigated for nearly a year and concluded that Dr. Malak was wrong and that Henry and Ives were murdered and did not die an accidental death.
The first had an erroneous conclusion because Dr. Malak, the Chief Medical Examiner of the State of Arkansas, either did not know what he was doing or he was part of a cover-up, too. (We will assume here that it is the former.) After Dr. Malak
After the county hired Dr. Joe Burton, an independent forensic pathologist, who reviewed the case and testified both in person and by videotape, the special grand jury concluded that Dr. Malak was incorrect and the young men were murdered.
Dr. Fahmy Malak, Arkansas' controversial former state medical examiner, has sought a similar $160,000 a-year job as chief medical examiner in Guam, a U.S. Trust Territory island in the southern Marianas.But Malak's chances of landing the new job may have paled last week because of apparent inconsistencies in a resume he presented to job interviewers on the 209 square-mile island.
When questioned later about the resume item, Malak said he actually had been a lower-ranking assistant professor.Further checks by Dr. Hee-Yong Park, Guam's retiring medical examiner, revealed Malak had been an unpaid clinical assistant professor at UAMS in Little Rock.Upon Malak's resignation Sept. 10, 1991. from the Arkansas medical examiner's post, he began working for the state Health Department as a consultant and was paid $70,000 a year.Shannon Murphy, a reporter at the News, said Thursday that the question of Malak's employment had been deferred at least until Monday so Malak could respond to the panel's concerns about his Arkansas tenure.
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