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Medical examiner says prosecutor bullied him to amend ruling

October 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A medical examiner who reversed a homicide finding in the death of a 6-month-old writes says Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and her office “bullied” him to get him to stick with his original determination.

The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1LLgqXO ) reports that forensic pathologist Peter Cummings initially ruled that the 2010 death of Nathan Wilson was the result of violent shaking. The father, Geoffrey Wilson, was charged with murder.

Cummings later said the cause of death could not be determined after defense experts found a genetic defect that made members of the family prone to blood vessel ruptures. Charges were dropped.

Cummings wrote in case notes that the behavior of Ryan and her staff was “unethical and unprofessional.”

Ryan denied Cummings’ assertions and said she was “puzzled” by them.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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