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An Arkansas judge has issued a preliminary injunction to seal the police report and crime scene photographs of Little Rock businessman Mark Middleton, a former aide to President Bill Clinton.
It was Middleton that was one of the people who introduced Clinton to the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when he admitted him to the White House several times, Radar Online reported.
Middleton “was found May 7 hanging from a tree with a shotgun blast through his chest and a cheap Dollar Tree-type extension cord around his neck in what investigators have determined to be a suicide.”
“The Court finds the public’s interest in disclosure of the Media Content does not outweigh the Middletons’ protected privacy interest in the Media Content at this time,” Perry County Circuit Judge Alice Gray said on June 20.
“The Court finds that since Mr. Middleton’s death, the Middleton have been harassed by individuals with outlandish, hurtful, unsubstantiated, and offensive conspiracy theories regarding Mr. Middleton, his death, and his family, which have caused the Middletons immense harm and anguish,” the judge said.
The Daily Mail reported:
In a lawsuit filed on May 23, the family admits Middleton committed suicide, and says they have ‘a privacy interest’ in preventing any ‘photographs, videos, sketches (or) other illustrative content’ from the death scene being released.
They claim it would lead to ‘outlandish, hurtful, unsupported and offensive articles’ being published online.
They argued that keeping the footage and files sealed would halt a proliferation of ‘unsubstantiated conspiracy theories’.
“My brother died by suicide in Perry County, Arkansas on May 7, 2022, at the age of 59 years of age. Since his death, I, and other members of the family, have received intimidating, threatening, hurtful, and offensive inquiries from individuals regarding Mark and his death based on an unsupported, offensive, and unsubstantiated conspiracies,” his brother, Larry Middleton, said in an affidavit.
“The Middletons understand that the File contains Media Content that depicts Mr. Middleton’s body and the scene of Mr. Middleton’s death…Since Mr. Middleton’s death, Mr. Middleton’s family, including the Middletons, has been harassed by outlandish, hurtful, unsupported, and offensive online articles regarding Mr. Middleton, his death, and his family…These articles are scurrilous, baseless, and malicious…The same individuals who created the online articles will attempt to obtain details of the File, including the Media Content contained within the File, from Defendants. This information will then almost certainly be published online. Plaintiffs, and other family members of Mr. Middleton, will suffer irreparable harm if such materials are disclosed,” the family said in a court filing.
Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery spoke to Radar Online, before being ordered to stay quiet, about the suicide.
“I don’t know the man, and I don’t why he picked our county or picked that location to commit suicide. To our knowledge, he had never been there before, and we have no record of him being there before,” he said.
“He died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the chest,” he said, RadarOnline reported. “He found a tree and he pulled a table over there, and he got on that table, and he took an extension cord and put it around a limb, put it around his neck and he shot himself in the chest with a shotgun.
“It was very evident that the shotgun worked because there was not a lot of blood or anything on the scene. You can tell the shotgun blast was on his chest, you can tell that because there is a hole in the chest and pellets came out the back of his back. It was definitely self-inflicted, in our opinion,” he said.
In 1999, Rep. Dan Burton described Middleton as a “close friend” of former President Clinton, during a House Committee on Government Reform hearing.
“Mark Middleton is here today. He is a former senior White House aide from Arkansas. He was a close friend of the President. He was the Special Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Chief of Staff. For the last 2 1/2 years, he has not cooperated with this committee’s investigation in any way,” he said.
“Did Mark Middleton know Liu Chao-Ying? We don’t know. Was he working with the Chinese Government or other foreign sources to arrange campaign contributions? We don’t know. Did Mark Middleton get a half a million dollars to do good things for
China? We don’t know.
“We have asked Mr. Middleton to come in and talk with us. We have asked him to respond to all the allegations that have been raised about him. We have not been able to convince him to tell us his side of the story. His lawyer tells us that he is going to assert his fifth amendment rights and not answer any of our questions today,” he said.
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