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Dr. Shiping Bao, Medical Examiner In Trayvon Martin Case, Sues Florida

| by Sylvan Lane
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The Seminole County Medical Examiner who gained notoriety for his contentious testimony in the murder trial of George Zimmerman is filling a lawsuit against the state for $100 million, claiming prosecutors, sheriffs and the medical examiner’s office was biased against Trayvon Martin and thought that he “got what he deserved.”

Dr. Shiping Bao, who was recently fired, is a forensic pathology expert who performed the autopsy of Martin. He claims the medical examiner, state attorney's office, and Sanford Police Department were all biased against Martin, and purposefully restricted his testimony to protect that bias.

"He says their general attitude was that he got what he deserved," his attorney Willie Gary told Florida’s WFTV.

Gary said Dr. Bao was used as a scapegoat and was wrongfully fired from the medical examiner's office, and the his client is willing to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor.

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"He was in essence told to zip his lips. 'Shut up. Don't say those things,'" Gary said.

Gary also claims prosecutors failed to ask a critical question regarding just how the events that led to Martin’s death unfolded.

"He wanted a question that would have allowed him to explain to the jury with scientific evidence how there was no way Trayvon Martin could have been on top of George Zimmerman," Gary said.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, County officials met with Bao to discuss the “status of his employment” on Aug. 7, and gave him 30 days of personal leave to find another job. Medical Examiner Dr. Marie Herrmann requested the meeting, and there it was agreed that Bao was going to submit a letter of resignation by Aug. 13.

In his testimony, Bao claimed Martin’s death was a homicide and he “was alive for one to 10 minutes after he was shot. His heart was bleeding until there was no blood left.” Of the single shot to Martin’s heart, he added, “There is no chance he could survive. Zero,” according to Salon.

Bao and defense attorney Don West went butted heads during the testimony, with West becoming exasperated with Bao, who refused to speculate. “I am under the oath, I cannot lie under the oath,” he said. “I cannot answer if I do not know.”

Sources: WFTV, Salon, The Daytona Beach News-Journal