Thursday News and Open Thread
Schapelle Corby news: This week Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Ministry officially recommended Schapelle Corby be granted clemency due to the decline of her mental health and that her sentence be cut by 10 years. The Director of Prisons joined in the request. With the 19 month sentence cuts she's received over the years, she could be released in 2014. Today, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard joined the recommendation.
The decision rests with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has opposed clemency in the past. A Supreme Court judge is said to have made the same recommendation. It may be months before Yudhoyono announces his decision.
Whitney Houston's autopsy report has been released. Cause of death: Drowning. Mode of death: Accidental. Contributing factors to the cause of death: Heart disease (atherosclerosis) and cocaine use. You can read it here.
There was no alcohol in her system. There was a minor amount of cocaine residue found in her suite (hardly justifying the blaring headline at the Orlanado Sun-Sentinel "White Powder Everywhere." There was some on a "small" spoon, and "remnants" on a portable mirror and inside a bathroom drawer that held the mirror, and remnants on "two pieces a small plastic bag", that had been ripped open. The degree to which the mainstream media in this country exaggerates and sensationalizes the news is pathetic.
Whitney's right coronary artery had a 60% obstruction.
Part of her body had been scalded by the very hot water in the tub -- over 90 degrees and she was submerged over an hour. Her assistant says she was found face-down in the water. Maybe she was waiting for the tub water to cool down and had a cardiac event and fell in? The report doesn't address this.
But she did not die from an overdose of drugs, a combination of drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol. The report does not conclude or leave open the possibility she died from a cocaine overdose or drug combination. Note that the first page of the report is dated Feb. 12, 2012 at 4:45 a.m., the day after Whitney's death. It was written before the autopsy or any drug testing was done. The statement on that page that "she possibly overdosed" on a combination of drugs and alcohol was speculation at that time, based on what was found in the room and not supported by the later toxicology and autopsy reports.
The autopsy was done on Feb. 12 at 11:25 a.m. There is no mention of an overdose of cocaine, just a reference to cocaine use. The toxicology report is dated March 7, 2012.
Things we didn't need to know: Her top teeth were a prosthetic, she had breast implants and her hair was a weave.
Charles Manson is up for parole consideration. He's 77.
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