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Why coroners should be doctors and not elected officials

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by The Big Ragu, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Coroner should have swept the leg.
  3. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    I lived places where the only requirements for coroner seemed to be having a pulse and, hopefully, the ability to check for one.
  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

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  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Seems like excessive and arbitrary regulation. If the guy is such a bad coroner, people will purchase the services of a better one.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Not impressed:
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  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Quincy was a medical examiner, right?

    I think I know the difference between an ME and a coroner, but what places have an ME rather than a coroner and why?

    EDIT: Thinking this was a dumb question. ... Is there an ME who covers broad areas in case an autopsy is necessary?
  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Aren't morticians also the coroner in many small communities?
  9. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    The coroner in my hometown has been the owner of the county's largest funeral home for probably 40 years. Passed from generation to generation.
  10. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    I know a coroner works for the government, are there places when it is an elected position? I have never seen it on a ballot.
  11. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I've worked in a couple of places where the sheriff is also given the coroner's title.
  12. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    One reason that coroners are not medical examiners is that most cointies do not ahve a qualified medical doctor to do an autopsy.

    I worked for a county of 46,000. The elected coroner was a stocker in the grocery store. But the county did not have a qualified medical examiner who lived in the county. We contracted out to a medical examiner in the next county for autopsies. The coroner was paid about $1,000 a month to serve as the legally required witness at an autopsy and to handle administrative matters.
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