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Zimmerman Trial Medical Examiner Speaks Out

Shiping Bao MD

The medical examiner who testified in the George Zimmerman trial says his office, state prosecutors and police had no interest in convicting the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and set him up to take the blame for a failed prosecution.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter July 14th. The then neighborhood watch volunteer said he shot the unarmed Miami teen in self-defense.

For two years, Shiping Bao, a 33-year veteran medical examiner originally from China, worked in the Volusia County Medical Examiner’s office, which also serves Seminole County, where the shooting took place. He was fired the first week of September. He is suing the department for wrongful termination; a lawsuit his attorney Willie Gary says could seek damages of $100 million.

“They told me that I had a poor performance in the George Zimmerman trial,” Bao told theGrio. “They never give me any reason why they would say that.” He said he was informed of his termination by “a couple of supervisors” working under George Recktenwald, Volusia County’s director of public protection.

Attorney Willie Gary has taken on the case on behalf of Bao. He told theGrio, “Number one, the medical examiner’s office should be liable for the wrongful termination.” Gary said. “They retaliated against [Dr. Bao] because he stood up for what he believed in. He’s the scapegoat because from what he’s telling me, they didn’t want to win the case. They threw the case. But they didn’t expect to get the public backlash.”

When reached for comment, Dave Byron, Volusia County spokesman told theGrio. “As a standard practice, the County of Volusia does not comment on personnel matters,”

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