Investigative Powers of the Medical Examiner in the Light of Rupp vs. Jackson

    Volume 17, Issue 2 (April 1972)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1972

    Page Count: 8


    Siever, FAC
    Blackwell, Walker, and Gray, Miami, Fla.

    Davis, JH
    Chief medical examiner, University of Miami School of Medicine, Dade County, Fla.

    Feegel, JR
    Pathologist, Brandon, Fla.

    (Received 18 October 1971; accepted 5 November 1971)

    Abstract

    Death is an event which triggers various emotions in those persons who have some relational ties with the decedent. Society accepts and approves of these emotions and their external manifestations which culminate in burial. But society does more than merely accept and approve this ritual; it has a decided interest in the death of each person from the viewpoint of health and welfare. This interest is often codified in statutes, which create the office of the medical examiner and broadly outline his investigative powers. The fact that this interest is codified expressly verifies that society considers its rights, in certain areas, with respect to the body of the decedent superior to any rights of other individuals having a legal relationship to the decedent.


    Paper ID: JFS10677J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10677J

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