Tennessee has troubled history with medical examiners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The court battle to get records of beleaguered former Knox County medical examiner Sandra Elkins provides another glimpse into Tennessee's storied history with some of its top death investigators.

Those who work with them say they can't explain why Tennessee's has had so many problems with its medical examiners.

Elkins was hospitalized in 2008 after police said she threatened to kill a Knoxville police officer during a confrontation at her home. Her predecessor, Randall Pedigo, pleaded guilty to drugging and molesting young males.

Former state medical examiner Dr. Bruce Levy was arrested in Mississippi last year on felony marijuana possession. Before that, the state revoked the medical license of former Metro medical examiner Charles Harlan, concluding he botched several autopsies and was responsible for multiple counts of misconduct.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Abbey Location: Oak Ridge on May 30, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Who appoints medical examiners? It is a very depressing job, I imagine, and would not be as exciting as television series make it out to be. One would probably burn out pretty quickly. It would be interesting to see how other states fare.

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