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  •  In that case, (31+ / 0-)

    A man shot himself in the head by accident. The police performed an investigation and concluded the death was accidental. He initially pronounced the death by gunshot accidental as well. So, she proceeded to collect her life insurance.

    The companies did not want to pay because she was the only one present during the accidental shooting. They believed she murdered her husband. She sued for breach of contract.

    So, an insurance trade group hired Bennett as an "advisor" and then the insurance companies asked him to look for evidence of homicide. He then went to exhume the body but did not seek the appropriate court order. When he finally did, it was denied. But he resigned before the denial arrived.

    "Styles upon styles upon styles is what I have. You wanna diss the Phifer but you still don't know the half." - A Tribe Called Quest

    by brooklynbadboy on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 05:41:37 AM PST

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    •  does that necessarily lead to (2+ / 0-)
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      Blue Intrigue, gregsullmich

      he was run out of the state for trying to exhume a body without a warrant on behalf of life insurance companies.

      ?

      I'm trying to reconcile the content with the goal....which I'm kind of unclear about.  Bring Baucus down for a non-issue or at least attack him to benefit health care reform?

      •  Agreed. We must be very careful (1+ / 0-)
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        ksh01

        and verify everything thoroughly because this story is quickly on its way to so-called "mainstream" attention.

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        and nothing in the link indicates that he was "run out of the state". In fact, the woman agreed to the exhumation. From the footnotes:

        Mrs. Laughlin quietly authorized an exhumation and destructive autopsy while Dr. Bennett was conducting his investigation. In the federal contract litigation, after a dispute concluding in the sanctioning of Mrs. Laughlin and her attorney, the results of that autopsy were disclosed under protective order to the insurance companies

        I also have issues with the conclusion that Bennett and Hanes "left Iowa in disgrace" when they went to similar and lucrative jobs in Montana. Last I checked, Montana and Iowa both had the internet and telephones so it's downright silly to assert that "nobody knew who they were". Granted, there appears to have been collusion but there were never any charges of misconduct and, as quoted in the diary, the defense lawyers failed to prove anything. In whose eyes were they disgraced then?

        Then there is the fact that an third party review found Ms. Hanes qualified to be US Attorney. And the term "mistress" is really inaccurate and demeaning to a professional woman. This was indisputably an office romance.

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