CRJS471 DB1

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Research the history of the coroner system and the medical examiner system. •When and where were the systems introduced to the United States? •What is a brief history of each? •Provide a URL for any Web site(s) you used in researching the coroner system and medical examiner system. 2.Then, compare and contrast the coroner system versus the medical examiner system--consider specialization and expertise, licensing, and employment status. 3.Choose a jurisdiction (state, county, or city) in the United States. What are the qualifications to become a coroner and chief medical examiner in the jurisdiction of your choosing? Provide a URL for any Web site(s) you used in researching the qualifications. 4.Which position (corner or medical examiner) seems more interesting to you, and why? 5.In commenting to other students, consider how the jurisdiction you chose compares to theirs.

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CRJS471-DB1NameClassDateProfessorCoroner system and the Medical Examiner System The coroner system originated in England and is based on common law principles. During this time colonies were run by sheriffs but in order to ensure there was a check and balance on this public position the coroner could arrest the Sheriff. The role of the coroner during this time and currently is to investigate deaths that occur outside of a doctor's care. After the deceased is found the corners office is alerted to ensure the body is not moved or damaged before an investigation can be conducted. The coroner will determine the cause of death. The Medical examiner is a forensic pathologist that studies the body in order to determine the cause of death and to make other medical findings. Medical examiners are always physicians while coroners can be elected officials with no medical training even though in most cases they have medical training. The coroner system is far more common in rural areas because it is far less costly than hiring a forensic pathologist (medical examiner) or the facilities to conduct a forensic exam of the building. (http://science.howstuffworks.

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