Trayvon Martin Medical Examiner, Dr. Shiping Bao Sues
Commentary By Garry Jones|
Dr. Bao finally said, in his expert opinion Trayvon Martin lived between 1 to 10 minutes after being shot at close range in the heart.
On July 3rd 2013 I received a call from the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections informing me I had been elected to sit-in on the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman trial, for July 05, 2013. Prior to that, I had been staging a silent protest outside of the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Florida. I was glued to the T.V. whenever I had a chance to see clippings of the trial at night. I would often say to myself, the prosecution is blowing this trial. I didn’t know whether the prosecution was incompetent, or they were just blowing the case on purpose. If it weren’t for me following the trial every day, I would have thought the State of Florida was handing the case to the defense on a silver platter.
When I received word that Associate Florida State Medical Examiner, Dr. Shiping Bao made claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin, and purposely threw the case; I wasn’t surprised. I can’t say I experienced an epiphany. Bao echoed what many Americans pondered. Did the prosecution blow this case? We must not forget the prosecution didn’t want to try this case in the first place, but public pressure caused them to have a second thought, and charge George Zimmerman with second degree murder of the unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin.
Bao alleged the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department all felt that Martin “got what he deserved.” Bao also claims that he received the strong, though subtle; message not to speak on certain things. Bao is now represented by world renowned attorney, Willie Gary; Gary doesn’t take many cases unless millions of dollars are involved; I can’t remember when Gary lost a case. The majority of Gary’s cases get settled out of court. Hmmm…Is there any validity to Bao’s allegation?
On the morning of July 05, 2013 I arrived at the Seminole County Courthouse early. I was told where to go to pick up my public pass to sit in on the trial. The prosecution put on three strong witnesses; the third witness – Associate Florida State Medical Examiner, Dr. Shipping Bao, (he performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin).
The first witness the prosecutor put on was Sabrina Fulton, Travon’s mother.
“Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth so help you God.”
“Yes,” she replied.
Everyone was on the edge of their seat, I was thinking; is she going to hold up or breakdown? This has to be rough on her. She didn’t get a break from the defense; what she got was a myriad of questions, which painted her son as a thug. However, the motivating question asked by the defense of Ms. Fulton was if she thought her son caused his own death.
Ms. Fulton said she didn’t understand the question; neither did I, nor the rest of the people in the courtroom. What kind of question is that to ask a grieving mother, but no objection from the prosecution. I said to myself this is cut throat, the defense is trying to win by any means necessary. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you are representing a client, but at the same time the prosecutor should be objecting more than they are.
The second witness Jahvarvis Fulton, Trayvon’s brother.
“Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth so help you God,”
In his soft voice “Yes.”
After I’d witnessed what had just happened to Jahvaris’ mother, Ms. Fulton, I didn’t expect the Defense to give him a break either as a matter of fact they were harder on him than his mother. The defense tried to impeach him because he’d given an interview with a news venue in Miami. In which he stated that he wasn’t for sure that the screams on the 911 call were his brother Trayvon. Jahvarsis stated he was in shock when he first heard the 911 tapes, but after he kept listening to the 911 tapes he said he thinks that was his brother screaming in the background. When did saying, ‘I’m not for sure’ to saying ‘I believe constitute’ an impeachment. Still the prosecution did not object. In my silent voice I was saying, convince me that you are not blowing this case prosecution, object, scream or do something fight back.
Last but not least and the most intriguing witness, Dr. Bao. He came through the courtroom doors damn near running to give his testimony.
Dr. Bao, “Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth so help you God.”
His demeanor came across as if he yelled, ’You damn right, Your Honor’.
I said under my breath this is a young medical examiner what type of experience does he have. My question was quickly answered. Dr. Bao stated he had performed “over 3,000 autopsies”.
At this point I was convinced that he knew what he was talking about. One could have mistaken Dr. Bao’s attitude as arrogance, but in my opinion he was more confident than arrogant; his accent made him intriguing as well. Dr. Bao reminded me of myself. I could care less of what others wanted me to say when it came to my job, especially when I’m telling the truth. During my career, the more my supervisor tried to convince me not to tell the truth, it would make me all the more eager to tell the whole truth so help me God.
Dr. Bao’s testimony was going great; he was very articulate and precise with his answers. He convinced me he knew what he was talking about; sometimes he would blurt out an answer before the defense could finish asking the question. When Dr. Bao testified that he thought Trayvon Martin was in pain for about ten minutes after getting shot, before he expired, you would have thought the world came to the end. The defense kept hammering at Dr. Bao to get him to change his answer. Dr. Bao finally said, in his expert opinion Trayvon Martin lived between 1 to 10 minutes after being shot at close range in the heart. The prosecutor was not objecting much. When the defense couldn’t get Dr. Bao to back off his answer about how long Trayvon lived after he was shot, they went after Dr. Bao because he had notes with him on the witness stand.
The defense wanted Dr. Bao’s notes but he refused to give them up easily and that’s when Dr. Bao’s testimony became a mockery. The defense and Dr. Bao went back and forth about his notes until the judge convinced Dr. Bao to allow the defense to make a copy of his notes, and gave Dr. Bao’s original notes back to him. The reason Dr. Bao had notes was to ensure he gave the correct answers because all the technical language about autopsies can be rather discombobulating to the public as well as the jury.
In conclusion the fact that the prosecuting attorney didn’t object much does not necessarily mean they were throwing the case but in hindsight, after witnessing all of the events in the courtroom coupled with the prosecutor’s lack of objections, I’ve concluded that the prosecutor were purposely blowing the case. July 5, 2013 only confirmed what I already knew – George Zimmerman was going to get a not guilty verdict.
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