Last year in Ohio,19-year-old Jacob Limberios, young father of a daughter, died of a gunshot wound. From there, disagreements arise.
In an Aug 9, 2013 article by ABC News the reasons for these disagreements become clear:
“In Limberios’ case, Dr. John Wukie, the elected coroner of Sandusky County, population 60,000, never visited the scene of the young man’s death, interviewed witnesses or examined the body. After talking by phone to a sheriff’s deputy, he ruled Limberios had died of a suicide.”
We have seen many problems arise over the fragmented mess that is currently known as medicolegal death investigation in the U.S.. Attempts have been made since 1928 to reform it, but there has been no federal leadership on this issue, and Congress seems allergic to the topic, although it is vital to safety, justice, and public health.
There is a chance in Ohio to begin reform:
“Brady Gasser, Jacob Limberios’ best friend, is on a mission to change the standards in Ohio, spearheading legislation called ‘Jake’s Law.’
“If passed, the law would require all county coroners and medical examiners to conduct or order autopsies on all violent or suspicious deaths. It would also increase the standards of qualification for coroners, who in Ohio are currently required to take 32 hours of continuing education during each four-year term they are elected.”
Nothing unreasonable. Nothing radical. A good beginning.
Please ask your friends in Ohio to tell their lawmakers to give their full support to Jake’s Law.