The complaints swirling around Jacksonville’s chief medical examiner range from poor leadership to unusual practices, such as washing her feet in the autopsy sink and touching cadavers with her bare hands. Valerie Rao’s performance has come under heightened city scrutiny, leading the Mayor’s Office to request a state investigation in March. The state declined, so the city has continued exploring other solutions, including privatization of the Medical Examiner’s Office. Rao’s work in other cities has been criticized for at least a decade.
Comments: Today she is on the stand, the State´s prosecution witness, giving her opinion regarding George Zimmerman´s head wounds and broken nose.
#1 She said ,after looking at photos, that the wounds weren´t "life" threatening or significant. Judge allowed that but threw out testimony from a Detective who said something positive for Zimmerman... Fair trial my a**
After she left Florida, Dr. Rao took a Medical Examiner position in Missouri. When WJXT dug deeper into her time in Missouri, we uncovered more complaints.
In 2006, a television station in Columbus Missouri indicated that some of the pathology residents from the University of Missouri were, "glad to see her go." According to the story, Rao didn´t work enough with the residents.
If Zimmerman had only looked at those photos he wouldn´t have pulled the trigger.
Seriously now: time after time, and not just in Florida and this case, we see rot. People failing upward for decades, never held responsible, never as qualified as their credential state, problems never actually solved.
"the city has continued exploring other options" sums it up. Newspeak from the elected, seldom questioned by media, smoke and mirrors, finer than gossamer.
I agree with #7. This trial borders on bizarre. In the first place, why did the judge allow testimony from a medical examiner who was shown photos and who had nothing to do with the incident. Were I on the jury, I would want see/hear testimony from the individual(s) who worked on Mr Zimmerman after he was brought to the police station. They can attest to the severity of the injuries. All we have ever seen on TV is the man with blood streaming from his nose and head. In any event, the severity of his injuries is not the critical matter, it is what would have been the result of the altercation had he not responded as he did. I find much of this trial to be extremely strange, and to me, makes the justice system appear quite scary from all perspectives. Lastly, the judge advises the jury to disregard testimony of the police detective that testified the previous day. That is definitely a show-stopper as only on the Sci-Fi Channel can one find a memory eraser.
The job of a medical examiner is to determine the cause and manner of DEATH. What this woman was doing on the stand testifying to the extent of injuries to a live person, using photos, should lead to an appeal. Her response to the defense attorney´s point that the bruise under the lacerations might have been caused by either the defendant altering the position of his head to avoid getting hit, or that his head might have been over the edge of the sidewalk, was laughable. She stated neither was possible, and her responses are impossible to believe. Either situation may have reasonably occurred. This altercation happened at night and no one witnessed it clearly.
O´Mara had a fine subtle moment when he asked her if she knew that the seriousness of GZ´s injuries - whether they were life-threatening or not - was not important to the case. That appeared to throw her for a loop. (Bernie De La Rionda and Co. had not mentioned that, so there she was, out on a limb with her copies of photos).
His point was that self-defense does not require that the defendant be injured at all. It is based upon fear, threat, the victim´s belief at the time that he is in imminent danger of great bodily harm or even death. No injuries required.
She must be ashamed of her M.D. degree, as she failed (purposely?) in her testimony to name the school where she got it. I find that unusual, as I spent 38 years as a court reporter and took the testimony of hundreds, if not thousands, of doctors, who always named their med school. Perhaps she attended one of those third world medical schools?
I think we can begin to understand why this woman has a history of controversy. Her choice of language to describe her impression of the injury photos -"very insignificant"- strongly suggests pro-prosecution bias. It is very peculiar, subjective, dismissive language for an ostensibly objective medical professional to use.
Besides, it is possible that Trayvon was just getting warmed up when Zimmerman shot him. Who knows how "significant" the injuries might have become had the struggle continued?
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