Dr. Carol J. Huser

Position: Coroner’'s Report

Email: chuser@durangoherald.com

Medical examiner may not be immune to bias

Should forensic scientists know as little or as much as possible about the facts of the underlying case?An article from the University of California, Irvine, school of law addresses this question...

DATE: May 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Do you really need to do that autopsy?

Not long ago, a man asked me to explain the laws governing coroners and advise him if, by living will or some other legal means, he could protect himself and his wife from what he perceived as “a...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Suicide may be your choice, but don’t make me lie

Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act requires coroners and medical examiners to lie.In 2008, Washington became the second state after Oregon to make it legal for physicians to prescribe...

DATE: March 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Feds’ help needed to improve death investigations

Everyone who missed the NPR/PBS Frontline/ProPublica documentary about death investigation that aired Feb. 1 should go online and watch it.The program wove snippets from interviews with several...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Sometimes not even the pros can agree

A 23-year-old child molester dug up an 81-year-old woman’s grave and set her body on fire to fake his own death. It worked. The medical examiner mistook the charred body for that of the child...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Unlike alcohol, broccoli doesn’t fry the brain

I love broccoli – buttered, roasted, cheese-smothered or raw. It’s one of my favorite vegetables.Some people (President George H.W. Bush is a famous example) hate it, and I never understood why...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Impartiality not always in evidence

The Raleigh News & Observer and other media outlets have reported that North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation crime lab has distorted evidence or withheld exculpatory evidence in over 200...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Temptation there to prove more than you know

I began seriously considering forensic pathology as a career during my residency, and to test whether I had the stomach for the job, I called the county coroner and asked to view an autopsy.“Sure,”...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Adult negligence in child deaths difficult to bear

What could be worse than knowing that your child died because of your negligent inattention? How should such a death be certified? What should be the punishment?A Washington Post writer won a 2010...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

‘Greatest Generation’ veteran leaves behind a legacy of service

“I’ll do what I have to do,” Walter (Bud) Epling said in April.The pain in his side nagged, but it was bearable, so he cleaned ditches and burned weeds and irrigated fields as he’d always done. The...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

With autopsy, best to call a spade a spade

The police had been looking for Johnny (not his real name) for months.It was rumored he hid out at his mother's home when in town.Police repeatedly obtained and executed search warrants on the...

DATE: July 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Organ, tissue donation noble, despite mishaps

On April 15, The Durango Herald printed an Associated Press report about a lawsuit filed against a New Mexico companythat procures human organs and tissues for scientific research.When body parts...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

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