AlterNet drops a George Zimmerman bombshell that seems to be of their own manufacture:
Trayvon Martin's Medical Examiner: Prosecution Threw the Case
Dr. Shiping Bao, the Volusia County medical examiner who was in charge of handling slain-teenager Trayvon Martin's body in February 2012, has come out and claimed that the prosecution team was biased against the African-American teenager, and intentionally lost the case.
According to Bao's attorney, Willie Gary, the medical examiner's office, the state attorney's office and the Sanford Police's "general attitude was that [Martin] got what he deserved. He was in essence told to zip his lips. 'Shut up. Don't say those things.'" Dr. Bao is speaking out in the wake of having been fired from the m.e.'s office, and is planning a $100 million lawsuit against the State of Florida.
So far that could havce been taken from this WFTV report. However, Rod Bastanmehr of Alternet then breaks news reported nowhere else:
According to the former assistant coroner, the results of Martin's autopsy clearly showed that, despite Zimmerman's statements regarding their altercation, there was no feasible way for Martin to have been on top of Zimmerman when the gun was fired, because the bullet entered Martin's back.
WFTV did not report on that shot-in-the-back allegation. They described the doctor's suit with this:
[Attorney] Gary said prosecutors never asked
Dr. Bao a question crucial to their case.
"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.
Gary does not describe that evidence to WFTV. Nor, IMHO, does the evidence exist - Bao's coroner report was clear as to Martin being shot in the chest, and two other experts went back and forth as to whether Martin was on top.
On Tuesday, Di Maio told jurors that he agrees with a state crime lab expert, Amy Siewert, who testified last week that the muzzle of Zimmerman's 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was touching Trayvon's hoodie when the defendant fired.
But gunpowder marks on Trayvon's skin, when compared with his clothes, tell a more complicated story, he said.
Every time a bullet is fired, gunpowder flies from the gun barrel in the shape of a cone. Shots from a very close proximity leave a small circle of gunpowder tattoos. Those two to four inches away leave one about the size found on Trayvon's chest, he said.
"If you lean over, you'll notice the clothes tend to fall away from your chest," di Maio said, leaning down in his chair on the witness stand to demonstrate. "We know the cloth is two to four inches away, consistent with somebody leaning over somebody doing the shooting."
Here is USA Today describing Ms. Siewert's testimony:
Siewert also found evidence that the muzzle of Zimmerman's gun was touching Trayvon's sweatshirt when the fatal shot was fired. When pressed by lawyers, Siewert said she couldn't say whether the gun was pressed or lightly touching the fabric, only that the gun was touching Trayvon's clothing.
Evidently the fired medical examiner hopes to cash in on the Trayvon Martin hustle. Clearly there is a deep market for anything suggesting Zimmerman is guilty of premeditated murder (cf AlterNet), so the legal entrepeneurs are circling.