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Wis. Proposal Would Require Coroners Be Licensed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A number of controversies involving Wisconsin death investigations have renewed calls for stiffer requirements for coroners and medical examiners.

Wisconsin is one of a handful of states that doesn't require those officials to have specific training. Critics say that can impede criminal investigations.

Republican state Rep. Chad Weininger says right now anyone can be elected coroner, regardless of qualifications. He says that could ultimately allow someone to get away with murder.

The daughter of a man who died in Monroe County in 2010 wonders if that already happened. Robert Lichtie died after a fall that family members consider suspicious but a coroner allowed his body to be cremated before authorities could rule out foul play.

Proposed changes include requiring those who investigate deaths to be licensed.


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