Position: Coroner’'s Report

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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

Finding humor, even in times of tragedy

“Swamp swallows jet," blared the newspaper headline in May 1996, after ValuJet 592, a DC-9 in a power dive, slammedinto the Florida Everglades and disintegrated in the murky, critter-filled...

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

We can't always meet demand for answers

Dr. Brand (not his real name) was an aggressive young surgeon nicknamed “007" because he was licensed to kill.No case was too difficult, no patient too frail for surgery because “a chance to cut is...

DATE: March 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Just a traffic accident? Bullet says otherwise

While embalming a man who died in a single-vehicle crash, a funeral director in Texas found a bullet jacket in hisbody.The medical examiner, who said he had noted extensive injuries but hadn't...

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

Court ponders prosecutorial misconduct

As detailed in a recent article in The Washington Post, the U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating a case of wrongfulimprisonment and prosecutorial misconduct stemming from a 1978 Iowa murder. A...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Questions surface after Texas execution

It seems likely Texas has executed an innocent man.Cameron Todd Willingham was sentenced to death in 1992 for setting the house fire that killed his three daughters.Arson investigators said the...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

What role did fame play in Jackson ruling?

The Los Angeles County chief coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide.Jackson's doctor treated him for insomnia by injecting the anesthetic drug propofol into his arm shortly before...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Bad luck or bullets - what really kills?

Some people are lucky. Some aren't.Some people take hair-raising risks for a thrill and survive unscathed. Some are cautious and prudent all their lives and die from a fluke accident, chance...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

It's a certainty that opinions will be different

Reasonable certainty is the standard doctors use when making diagnoses. (If all diagnoses were correct, nobody would need malpractice insurance.)Reasonable certainty is the standard people use to...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

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