Documentary Reveals Systemic Failures at Coroners' Offices

Monday, January 31, 2011

Every day, nearly 7,000 people in America die. And when the deaths are unexpected, sudden or suspicious, it’s presumed that a thorough investigation will take place.

Though you might expect a thorgough and high-level investigation from TV shows like CSI, the reality is quite different. In over 1,300 counties across the United States, elected coroners are in charge of death investigations — many with no medical or scientific background. To run for coroner in most counties, all you need is a high school diploma.

Lowell Bergman has investigated the consequences of this reality for a new Frontline documentary called “Post Mortem,” which airs Tuesday night on PBS.

Guests:

Lowell Berman

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Warren B from Bklyn

We raised the standerds for teacher but all I would need to do that job is have a high school dipoma. Hell, Most student wouldnt be able to do the job. This is one of the keys to making Just Law. As a black man, this doesn't strenghten my faith in the justice system. I watched the whole program lastnight. OMG

Feb. 01 2011 09:42 PM

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