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Frontline exposé targets Sonoma County autopsies

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.

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VIDEO: Watch the Frontline report: Post Mortem





2 Responses to “Frontline exposé targets Sonoma County autopsies”

  1. Will says:

    Pretty Unreal!!!

    One needs certification to become and remain a Hair Stylist, a cert to set the level of your headlights, certs for almost everything, EXCEPT A CORONER!
    HOW STUPID IS THIS?

    It is amazing there are not more murderers set free because of a Barber acting as a Coroner.

    Think how many innocent people are in prison because of a backyard Coroner with NO CERTIFICATION WHAT SO EVER.

    At this stage, WHAT REALLY IS THE POINT IN EVEN HAVING AN AUTOPSY DONE, UNLESS IT IS FOR POLITICAL GREASE.

  2. Graeme Wellington says:

    The documentary covers the actions of former DDA Brooke Halsey who coached testimony. Guess who shared an office with Halsey? Yep, it was recently ousted District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua. I wonder if Halsey was coached?