“New details emerge after Elmore Co. coroner, funeral home direct indicted…”
Elmore County, Alabama grand jury handed down an 11-count indictment for criminal behavior of the Elmore County Coroner, Tim Ellison and a co-defendant, Yancey Mitchell recently. Their charges originated in overcharges to several cities for transporting bodies to the Department of Forensics.
A local funeral director, Yancey Mitchell was charged for aiding and abetting Tim Ellison, coroner in a scheme to defraud the local government by overcharging for transporting bodies.
Local WSFA- 12 News reports Elmore County Commission decided it would benefit them to place future business of transporting bodies with an outside contractor rather than go through the office of the coroner.
Telephone number for Elmore County Coroner is same as the number for Martin Funeral Home in Wetumpka, AL. Strange that a county office would have the same telephone number as local business.
Death investigation must separate itself from for-profit agencies. Coroners and medical examiners must come under federal regulation, their ‘errors’ and criminal operations must bear a huge penalty.
Have you followed the many posts regarding stolen body parts by coroners and medical examiners? It is quite gruesome, but everyone should educate themselves.
Raymond Zachry hiking in the mountains of Tennessee
Today Ray would be celebrating his 54th birthday. Instead he is deceased, his voice silenced by some unknown method, death investigators still refuse to acknowledge or search for the source of the lethal chemical that caused his untimely death 7 years ago in Souderton, PA.
Even though the rules for investigation of a sudden, unattended death are clear and published for anyone to research and furnished to all law enforcement organizations – these rules were not followed, the coroner refuses to cooperate. Unfortunately, coroners/medical examiners make their own rules, have no qualifications and no oversight without the permission of guess who? The coroner.
This must change. A patchwork of unqualified people acting as coroner, testifying in homicide cases, and conducting autopsies, does this give reason to think about all the wrongful deaths that are never examined or investigated?
Due to the back-to-back snow storms food for the wild is scarce. I was surprised to see these wild turkeys on my back deck eating bird food I had scattered on the snow as an overflow from the feeder; and the suet is also empty now.
These seven turkeys appeared last fall and feed regularly in the gardens and fields where crops have been harvested. They are not afraid of humans or dogs.
Deciding I was no threat – they decided to come closer and see if my camera may be edible
Retreating to join three others waiting behind the garden shed
Four of the seven wild turkeys that have taken up residence in the neighborhood decided to come onto my back deck to eat some of the bird seed I had strewn on top of the snow for hungry
An interesting story posted by Tony Phyrillas and a relief to know that as bloggers, we do have first amendment protection. Read more at Tony Phyrillas blog: http://tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/
Court: Bloggers Have 1st Amend. Protections.
A jury in 2011 had awarded Padrick and Obsidian $2.5 million.
“Because Cox’s blog post addressed a matter of public concern, even assuming that Gertz is limited to such speech, the district court should have instructed the jury that it could not find Cox liable for defamation unless it found that she acted negligently,” judge Andrew D. Hurwitz wrote. “We hold that liability for a defamatory blog post involving a matter of public concern cannot be imposed without proof of fault and actual damages.”
The appeals court upheld rulings by the District Court that other posts by Cox were constitutionally protected opinion.