Local lawyers, prosecutor defend medical examiner - 1997-01-24

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F15.png Local lawyers, prosecutor defend medical examiner January 24, 1997, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

The Pinellas County legal community reacted Thursday with surprise and displeasure at the comments of a Church of Scientology lawyer, who called long-time medical examiner Joan Wood a "hateful liar."

The full statement from Los Angeles lawyer Elliot Abelson: "Liar. Liar. Liar. Liar. Liar. Hateful Liar. That's what she is."

His comments appeared Thursday in a Times report about the case of Lisa McPherson, a 36-year-old Scientologist whose unexplained death in 1995 while in the care of fellow Scientologists is being investigated by state and local authorities.

Local lawyers Thursday vigorously defended Wood, who drew Abelson's ire by sharing with reporters her interpretation of laboratory results from McPherson's autopsy.


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