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July 22/29, 1998

Coroner and Medical Examiner Systems

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(4):324-325. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-4-jbk0722

To the Editor.—The article by Dr Hanzlick and Ms Combs1 does not fully mention the important fact that some county medical examiners can be fired by governmental boards, whereas coroners cannot. In many states, the coroner is the only county official who can legally arrest the sheriff. This issue is important when considering politics as well as governmental power and the lawful checks and balances used in their control.

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