Trayvon Martin's medical examiner, Shiping Bao, has been fired according to CNN, September 12, 2013. No reason was given in the CNN article for the firing; however, the article denoted that Bao " changed his mind" on important components of his testimony. It is unknown whether those changes of mind influenced the decision to fire Bao; although Zimmerman, who was acquitted by the jury, may have been more likely to have been convicted if the medical examiner's testimony had been more consistent.
Bao changed his mind on some very perplexing matters in the case, for instance, on the length of time that it took Trayvon Martin to die after he was shot, whether or not he was able to move after being shot, and whether or not his judgment was affected by the marijuana in his system.
It is unknown whether or not the prosecutors of George Zimmerman played a role in Bao's termination; however, both prosecutors and medical examiners are high profile county employees. It is not altogether inconceivable that the county officials who run the prosecutor's office could have given some input into the decision to fire Bao, especially when one considers the fact that county medical examiners and county prosecutors often work together in handling sensitive evidence in homicide cases.
Bao has made it clear that he will not take this matter sitting down. He has hired a lawyer and has hinted that he may sue the county for wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment on the job.
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