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Medical Examiner in Boot Camp Case Gets Interim Appointment

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - An embattled medical examiner was granted an interim appointment Tuesday, days after the Florida Medical Examiners Commission voted to remove him from his post as medical examiner for six Panhandle counties.

Doctor Charles Siebert will keep his job for roughly 90 days while a search committee looks for a replacement.

The state Medical Examiners Commission voted last week to remove Siebert from his post as medical examiner for the six Panhandle counties, saying it had concerns about his honesty.

The panel voted last month not to recommend his reappointment.

Siebert says he plans to reapply for his job and appeal the commission's decision to remove him from office.

Siebert was criticized for his disputed autopsy on a teenager who died after an altercation with guards at a juvenile boot camp last year.

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


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