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
- Drug deaths boost medical examiner workload
- West Virginia: "The commission suggests forensic pathology salaries do not compare to other medical fields. An average compensation of a pathologist is $335,000 annually, whereas a forensic pathologist is just under $185,000." Yeah. Maybe. But the other pathologists do not have as much fun as we have.
- Political infighting between Spokane police, prosecutors, medical examiner leaves homicide cases unsolved
- Washington: I agree with Dr. Howard. Don't call a homicide unless you have more information. And don't use DNA evidence in this way: to support some police or prosecutor theory (ACCPE). DNA evidence used like this is no better than bite mark analysis (at least as bite mark analysis is typically used).
- JonBenet Ramsey's brother sues Dr. Werner Spitz; case to be heard in Michigan court
- Detroit, MI: "Burke Ramsey's defamation lawsuit against the esteemed pathologist seeks $150 million. The case goes before a judge in Wayne County on Wednesday. The judge will have to decide if this will go to trial. 'It's nonsensical. It's outrageous. It will not stand,' said L. Linn Wood, attorney for Burke Ramsey.
- Olympic Plaza victim's death due to throat slash: medical examiner
- Calgary, AB: “'The is an extremely severe injury,' the doctor [ Elizabeth Brooks-Lim] said." There is nothing "extreme" or "severe" about the injury. Doctors use terms like this from the witness stand to inflame jurors.
- Research shows fingerprints on the move
- "Over a period of up to two months that material, around four millionths of a millimetre thick, will spread away from deposited fingerprint ridges, depending on the host surface. This movement can cause the clarity of the developed fingerprint to be reduced or in some cases obliterated."
- Expert testifies at murder trial bone disease didn't cause 5-month-old's fractures
- Massachusetts: ACCPE circus brought to you by multiple testifying doctors.
- JUSTICE SERVED | Ventura County cold cases lead to convictions with new DNA technology
- Oxnard, California: "The newly re-examined DNA collected at the crime scene matched that of a disabled Vietnam veteran, Thomas Young, who had been living in Oxnard at the time of the murder. In fact, at one point Young lived in the same apartment building just down the walkway from the Knappenbergers, where he probably saw her before the family moved, not long before her death." This is not me, and thankfully I am not a victim of ACCPE...yet. Using DNA evidence in this way is not reliable. DNA works better for falsifying state theories than for building them. If only people understood the logic behind what I am writing.
- Evidence of botched abortion censored from postmortem medical examination
- Much of what comes across as news these days is hard to believe. It is not clear why any medical examiner would take the career risk to cover something like this up.
- Pima medical examiner's office gains national praise
- Tucson, AZ: Congratulations!
- Coroner: Franklin County fentanyl deaths hit ‘unprecedented’ rate of one per day
- Columbus, OH: This problem goes from bad to worse.