By RANDI ROSSMANN
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
A television documentary on the ailing state of autopsies in the United States will air tonight on PBS as a Frontline investigation, with case examples from Sonoma County.
“Post Mortem” will air at 10 p.m. on PBS channel 9. Or, you can watch it now in the window below.
The hour-long show highlights deficient autopsies that have led to unwarranted homicide investigations and in some cases, convictions, across the country.
The show is expected to include examples of autopsy problems in Sonoma County, stemming from work conducted by Forensic Medical Group, which contracts with Sonoma County to perform its autopsies.
The Fairfield-based company contracts with about a dozen Northern California counties. It started with Sonoma County in 1997.
Its tenure has included the collapse of a Petaluma murder case, the firing of two doctors and an autopsy done on the wrong body.
The investigation was a combination of effort by Frontline, ProPublica, NPR and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley.