When coroners and medical examiners make mistakesPosted: 5/PM
Originally posted on JUSTICE FOR RAYMOND:
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.
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