In April 2012 I wrote about the defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Joseph Czaja, a forensic pathologist, against Mike Shipman, prosecuting attorney for Wayne County Indiana. The case was supposed to go to trial on March 4, 2013, but the trial has been delayed because Dr. Czaja’s attorney has asked for a 60 day continuation to respond to a motion for summary judgement filed by Shipman.
Dr. Czaja filed suit after Shipman allegedly defamed him (Czaja) following the dismissal of murder charges against the boyfriend of Erin Stanley, a 16 year old girl found dead in her bed, whom Shipman was prosecuting.
Here is a little background from my previous post:
The story begins in September 2007, when a 16 year old girl was found dead in her bed. The coroner contacted Dr. Czaja to perform the autopsy, and also informed him that the organ/tissue procurement team wanted to begin harvesting immediately. Dr. Czaja very correctly told the coroner that no one was to touch the body until he had a chance to examine it first. When Dr. Czaja arrived to commence the autopsy, he discovered the organ/tissue team had already started their work and that the decedent’s eyes had already been removed. During the course of the autopsy, Dr. Czaja noted there was significant damage to the decedent’s neck area and trachea, which led him to assign asphyxiation due to strangulation as the cause of death and homicide as the manner of death.