Medical Examiners Commission Considers Discipline for Coroner

By  | 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A medical examiner who performed
a disputed autopsy on a teenager who was manhandled by boot camp
guards will be allowed to continue work under supervision.

The state Medical Examiner's Commission ruled today he was negligent in performing 39 of the 698 autopsies it reviewed.

The commission's unanimous vote approved a quality assurance program under which another forensic pathologist will review all the work of Doctor Charles Siebert.

The program will continue through his appointment as medical examiner which ends June 30.

The review of cases by the Medical Examiner's Commission did not include the findings in the autopsy of Martin Lee Anderson. The teenager died in January 2006 after he was roughed up by guards in a videotaped encounter at the Bay County sheriff's boot camp.

Siebert ruled the death was caused by natural complications of sickle cell trait, a genetic blood disorder. After outcry from Anderson's family and the public, his body was exhumed and a second autopsy by another doctor found he died from suffocation.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)