When coroners and medical examiners make mistakes

Originally posted on JUSTICE FOR RAYMOND:

English: Bodies of Hubbard (left), Coy (center...

Coroners Don’t Need Degrees To Determine Death, adapted from an article  written by Sandra Bartlett, for NPR

Dr. Marcella,  former chief medical examiner in Virginia, is a member of the National Academies of Science panel that issued a report recommending an overhaul of the country’s death investigation systems. (emphasis added)

Dr. Fierro wrote an extensive report, A Need For Trained Practitioners that was published by NPR.  In her narrative Dr. Fierro illustrates the discrepancies in autopsy reports.

“Most errors are buried,” she says. “If a death isn’t recognized as being suspicious or is suspicious, say, for violence and it’s released as natural death, [then] it’s buried or cremated,
whatever the family wishes, never to rise again.”

Fierro sat on the blue ribbon panel when the National Academy of Sciences took a look at the death investigation system. The panel described coroners as the weak link.

“On their…

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One Comment on “When coroners and medical examiners make mistakes”

  1. Ray's Mom says:

    Thank you for re-blogging this story. My personal feelings in this situation are certainly vindicated by these professional opinions and expertise.

    God bless


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