Dr. Michael Baden, the noted forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for New York City, recently appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss the death of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. At the request of the decedent's brother, Baden observed Epstein's autopsy and is investigating the circumstances under which the accused died while in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
As both a prosecutor and private practitioner, I have worked death cases with Dr. Baden and found his extensive knowledge, professional experience, and outstanding analytical abilities to be invaluable. While I have worked with other well-qualified forensic pathologists, Baden is, in my estimation, the best of his profession. He has performed over 20,000 autopsies; served as director of the Forensic Investigation Center of the New York State Police; was chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of Congress' Select Committee on Assassinations, which reinvestigated the deaths of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.; and has held scores of similar professional, teaching, and governmental appointments.
Moreover, when it comes to investigating prison inmate deaths, he has unequaled medico-legal expertise, as evidenced by his 17-page curriculum vitae, which includes entries for his four-year stint as the special forensic pathology consultant to the task force that investigated the Attica Prison riot deaths and his five decades on the New York State Correction Medical Review Board, which investigates deaths in the state's correctional facilities.