“We (medical examiners) certify on the basis of our own training, personal philosophy and mood,” wrote one of my colleagues during a contentious online debate about the “correct” manner of death classification for a complex case.
“To others outside our community, we appear not to know what we are doing,...
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Dr. Joseph H. Davis, former chief medical examiner in Miami and one of the most highly respected of all forensic pathologists, died March 19. He was 88 years old.
The New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner has published a thought-provoking paper endorsing use of the concept of “suicide by cop.”
The office’s criteria for suicide by cop are:
Prior suicidal intent.
Specific intent to be shot by police.
Possession of a lethal weapon or facsimile.