on Sep. 19, 2014 :
This Saturday afternoon I felt like reading a book. Not “War and Peace,” not “Pride and Prejudice”… I just wanted to read a short book with an interesting story to indulge myself in the feeling that only reading can give. I picked ‘Dead Men Can’t Lie,’ a new book by Dr. Shiping Bao on the cases of Trayvon Martin and Marlon Brown. I finished reading the Smashwords edition of the book in less than two hours.
The writing – the book is factual and concise. It flows naturally. The topic of the book is pretty dark. It touched upon justice, death, and even politics in the justice system; however, the author approached all those in such a factual way that one could see the tears rolling in the victims’ eyes, but you didn’t hear their outcries. Instead, you heard “I Surrender All” in a bloody scene.
The case – where justice is served? In the courtroom or in people’s hearts? The author pointed out that “A trial lawyer’s goal is to win the case, making him/her more concerned about persuading the jury than factual truth. A physician, on the other hand, always strives to present the distinction between fact and opinion. A physician will at times answer, ‘I don’t know,’ but an attorney will rarely say this.” Several times Dr. Bao said, “I don’t know,” in the court when being questioned about matters that didn’t fall under his responsibilities as a Medical Examiner. The case reminded me of the book “The Scarlet Letter,” in which the real punishment is in one’s heart.
The firing – Dr. Bao was fired after his testimony in the case of Trayvon Martin. The reason given was his communication skill; however, the timing of the firing made this reason unavoidably questionable. Communication is like a black hole. For somebody to be fired for that reason, what it really says is, “I have to get rid of you; however, I cannot tell you why. Let’s just use communication as the excuse, since it is so intangible and unquantifiable that I may survive the lie.”
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2014 :
This book substantiates everything that the family of Marlon Brown has been saying since Sept 10, when the documentation, ME REPORT, dashcam video was released! After reading through countless pages of evidence the play on terminology, the neglect of evidence and the COVER-UP was as apparent as Dr. Shiping Bao reveals in his book! I, Krystal Brown along with Marlons' children, want to personally thank Dr. Shiping Bao for his honesty and his bravery to stand up against corruption! THE FIGHT CONTINUES!! #justice4marlon.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2014 :
This is certainly an interesting read. Clearly, written by a man who speaks directly and with no holds barred. I am no scientist and I wasn't there; therefore I, like most other readers, will have to take it for what it's worth and to an extent, at face value. There are a couple of topics of which I am familiar and maintain at least some disagreement on: 1. Tasers 2. Excited Delirium. As a former officer, I was trained in both of these, including having been shot with a taser myself as part of that training. This isn't the forum to discuss it, but I hope to get the opportunity to discuss my views with Dr. Bao one day.
I am curious to see how the public views this release. And boy would I sure love to be a fly on the wall down there in Florida... It would be nice if an investigative writer one day took the time to look deeper into both of the cases mentioned in Dr. Bao's release here and write something with more meat to it. I'm sure the good doctor would be willing to assist. And who wouldn't love to better understand the details of the lives of these men and all the "players"? And from an UNbiased stance? Either add credence to Dr. Bao's claims and right some wrongs or explain the other side(s)? My guess? What my own heart tells me? The truth lies somewhere in between.
Great writing Dr. Bao, you certainly had the right to share your side and you did it well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)