Medical examiners across the US have been calling for a change in how they handle bodies that have been exhumed, and for an independent body to be allowed to examine the remains.
According to Reuters, a petition to the State Department and the Department of Justice (DOJ) was recently submitted to the US Department of State to clarify how the process works, and what it would mean for medical examiner examinations.
The petition, titled “The Exhumation of Unidentified Persons”, asks the US government to “consider whether a physician examiner is required to provide the autopsy report to the investigating physician”.
In a press release, the petitioners stated: “As an examination examiner, you may only perform the autopsy after your findings have been determined and verified.
You cannot do the autopsy if the investigation was completed after you performed your examination, or the investigation is continuing at another location.”
The petition also asks the department to clarify “how this change will affect the integrity of medical examiner investigations”.
A spokesperson for the DOJ said: “DOJ does not comment on pending or potential litigation.
However, we do appreciate the petition’s concerns.
However, the medical examines said they were “not surprised” by the DOJ’s comments. “
It will also help ensure the medical examiner’s work remains consistent with the requirements of the Medical Examiners’ Manual and the current practice guidelines.”
However, the medical examines said they were “not surprised” by the DOJ’s comments.
The spokesperson said: “We have had a number of requests for an examination report for a long time, and our examination permits are limited.
The examination permit is only issued when the examiner has completed his or her examination and has verified that all relevant information has been submitted to them.
If a medical examiner does not have a permit, then it would be inappropriate to provide a medical examination report to them.”
The official added that the DOJ was also working to address the issue of “medical examiner integrity” in an “ongoing effort to ensure that the health and safety of the public is not compromised by examiner reports”.
The Associated Press previously reported that the Department was considering a proposal to allow medical examiner reports to be submitted for medical forensic examination.
A statement by the US medical examiner in Washington state, which is currently under investigation for the death of a teenager, was published on the department’s website.
“We do not comment publicly on pending litigation,” the statement read.
But according to the AP, the agency was already looking at changes to how medical examiner reports are reviewed. It added: In the wake of the investigation into the death and other deaths at the school, the FBI launched an investigation into a suspected student death, and the Office of Special Counsel launched a criminal investigation into alleged misconduct by the school.
The DOJ has since appointed a special prosecutor to lead the probe into the deaths.