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  • Hidden Errors

    An investigation into serious flaws in the nation's system for regulating common medical tests -- ones that harm patients and then hide the results from the public. http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/hidden-errors-360092411.html
  • Two Gunshots

    From the moment the police found Michelle O’Connell, a young, single mother, dying from a gunshot to the head, there were troubling questions about what happened inside the house in St. Augustine, Florida. The fatal shot came from the service weapon of her boyfriend, a local sheriff’s deputy. O’Connell had just broken up with him and was packing to move out of his house. And barely an hour before she died, O’Connell had texted her sister to say she would soon be there to pick up her four-year-old daughter. Yet, none of this troubled detectives from the St. John’s County Sheriff’s – all fellow officers of O’Connell’s boyfriend. Within hours, they concluded that O’Connell had committed suicide. Those critical questions remained unanswered for nearly two years, until Walt Bogdanich, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, began examining the death of Michelle O’Connell – a case that had deeply divided law enforcement agencies in Florida and raised broader issues of how the police investigate one of their own, particularly in instances of domestic violence. Bogdanich found that the criminal justice system had failed almost from the moment the fatal shot was fired. Evidence wasn’t collected. Neighbors weren’t canvassed. Important interviews were not conducted. Medical examiners concocted absurd theories to support the suicide conclusion and prosecutors blindly endorsed them. The Times’s investigation, conducted in conjunction with the PBS investigative program Frontline, was part of a broader examination of how the police deal with the corrosive and persistent problem of domestic violence in their ranks.
  • System Failure

    Investigation into the shoddy work on an MN medical examiner, which resulted in wrongful convictions.
  • Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America

    "This series focused on the nation's death investigation system, the more than 2,300 coroner and medical examiner offices responsible for probing sudden and suspicious fatalities. They found a profession plagued by a widespread lack of resources, a lack of national standards or regulation, and a drastic shortage of qualified doctors."
  • Dead Wrong: What's Really Killing America

    Inaccurate data on what kills people in this country is rampant. There are some cases where cause of death is fraudulently invented, but in most cases autopsies are simple conducted incorrectly to the tune of at least a third of death diagnoses. In many cases, cause of death is never determined and these patterns are exacerbated along disadvantaged socioeconomic lines. Such inaccurate data on deaths is feared to skew research on preventative measures.
  • Brains For Sale

    This investigation revealed that the King County medical examiner's office was selling the brains of deceased mentally ill people to private research labs. In some instances, next-of-kin were not notified of these organ donations. In others, consent forms were incomplete.
  • How well do you know your doctor?

    Nevada is experiencing a "medical malpractice crisis" in which doctors are leaving the state in droves because their malpractice premiums have skyrocketed. Frank Mullen realizes that Nevadans could find out more about a contractor or car mechanic's legal record than a legal record of their doctors' malpractice settlements. The Nevada legislature recently reformed this, but still, the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners' information about doctors is often incomplete and sometimes wrong. The newspaper reviewed databases and documents, and cracked the code of a federal medical database.
  • Buried mistakes

    This investigation found that the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners regularly excuses doctors who have made mistakes in their practices, reserving the harshest discipline for doctors who use drugs, fail to fill out paperwork, or have other problems not directly related to patient care. The board dismisses about 80 percent of the complaints it receives each year, and several cases reviewed by The Post included doctors who received little punishment after patients died or were severely injured. The board and its records are shrouded in secrecy, making it difficult for patients and lawmakers to hold it accountable.
  • Taser safety claim questioned; medical examiners connect stun gun to 5 deaths

    This series of stories examines stun-gun safety and how police are using the weapons. Stun-gun manufacturer Taser International has claimed that the shock of the gun is not lethal, but the Republic found the devices to be linked to at least 11 deaths, according to autopsy reports and interviews with medical examiners nationwide. The Republic's investigation also found that Phoenix area police use the weapon mostly against unarmed suspects in petty crimes. The newspaper's investigation prompted inquires by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Arizona Attorney General's office.
  • "Doctor Discipline"; "How well do you know your doctor?"

    Over the course of their six month investigation, Gazette-Journal reporters, Frank Mullen and Steve Timko, uncover the truth about a handful of Nevada doctors responsible for the bulk of the state's malpractice lawsuits and settlements. According to this extensive series, many physicians, including the state's most-sued doctor, were going unpunished by the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners and continuing their practices. As a result of this investigation, "the board replaced two of its top officials (executive director and chief lawyer)."