Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit, P. 4

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We are still talking about North Carolina’s medical examiners. Testimony given at a recent hearing held by the North Carolina Industrial Commission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current system, and lawmakers are wondering if the state should consider a more sophisticated approach. The current system, revolving around state-appointed county medical examiners, may have
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Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit, P. 2

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We are talking about medical examiners in North Carolina. The medical examiner is the first step in a death investigation, really. As we said in our last post, it is the medical examiner who officially designates a death a suicide or a homicide, a natural or an accidental death or “undetermined.” That designation alone can have
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Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit

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North Carolina did away with coroners more than 45 years ago. Coroners did not have to have any medical expertise to do their jobs, a shortcoming when it came to investigating causes of death. The state adopted a new system that used medical examiners instead. Recently, officials, including a former chief medical examiner, are wondering
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Wake County Couple’s Trial Split As Role of Wife is Questioned

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A Wake County Superior Court judge ruled this week that a husband and wife charged with murder will have separate trials. Both attorneys and the district attorney’s office had initially agreed to one trial for both defendants. In early April, though, the wife’s defense attorney moved to sever the trials, claiming that his client was
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