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Medical Examiner Says Prosecutor Threw Zimmerman Case

Sep 30, 2013

Dr. Shiping Bao, the medical examiner in the Trayvon Martin murder case, accuses prosecutors and investigators of throwing the case.

Bao says he was prepared to offer evidence showing Martin could not have been on top of George Zimmerman when Zimmerman shot and killed him. But prosecutors never asked the questions in court that would have allowed him to present the information that would have refuted Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. When he tried to press the prosecutors on the matter, his lawyer Willie Gary said, “He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things.’” He was eventually fired.

In addition, Bao says that investigators mishandled the murder scene. They did not bag Martin’s hands to preserve any evidence under his fingernails, and they did not take pictures of Martin’s body or of Zimmerman at the scene. Bao says all offices involved in the case clearly sent the message that they were not interested in prosecuting Zimmerman. Gary said, “He says their general attitude was that [Martin] got what he deserved.”

Anyone following the case with open eyes will not be surprised at all. It was obvious that the prosecution was more than happy to let Martin’s murderer walk free. But now someone close to the case has confirmed it. It’s one more signal that the trial was a travesty.

It’s too bad he waited until after the verdict to find his voice. Just like the jurors, he allowed himself to be used by the racists to justify Martin’s murder. As Bao himself said of the officials, “They don’t care. They don’t think it’s worthy of trial. This case is over. The black kid is on the ground, it’s over.”