Forensic Pathology News
Dr. Young will post links to news articles that interest him about
forensic pathology, medical examiners, coroners and death
investigation in this section.
Pathology in the News
- Md. medical examiner's office gets three new positions
- "There was no money in the state budget for additional medical examiners, but state officials conducted an internal search for vacant positions and found three. Health Secretary Dennis Schrader approved the transfers of those positions to the medical examiner's office, but it is unlikely they will fully offset the workload."
- Medical examiner’s office gets more staff to handle overdose deaths
- Baltimore, MD: "The examiners in Maryland performed an average of 280 autopsies in 2013, up from 234 in 2010. This year, examiners are expected to perform an average of 328 autopsies, a spike that officials attributed to overdoses from opioids, largely heroin, often mixed with the more potent fentanyl."
- Railway, Medical Examiner in Fight Over Video of Man's Death
- TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — "BNSF Railway has gone to court to prevent the Pierce County Medical Examiner from obtaining video showing the moments before a man was killed by a train." Well...I suppose the ME could guess about what the man was doing moments before he was killed by a train. A lot of ME's do that, using autopsy evidence only rather than witness or video evidence (ACCPE).
- Details Behind Aaron Hernandez's Family and the Medical Examiner's Fight Over His Brain
- Boston, MA: It seems that Mr. Baez is upset because the ME office is allowing the brain to harden in fixative solution, but a brain shouldn't be handled or shipped until it is fixed.
- Medical examiner in SLO County inmate death also linked to wrongful death claim
- San Luis Obispo, CA: "Walter, who has been the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office-contracted medical examiner since 2005, recently ruled the SLO County inmate’s death as 'natural' after he was restrained for more than 46 straight hours." Too often, medical examiners fail to learn the "facts" behind a case, making their determinations sound ridiculous to people who know more information.