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FRONTLINE | "Post Mortem" Sneak Peek 2: Should We Abolish Coroners? | PBS

See the full episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/1774485437 Description: In this clip from "Post Mortem," leading medical investigators call for national standards in death investigation. Watch "Post Mortem" on PBS Feb. 1 at 9pm ET (check local listings). Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on CSI. But the reality is very different. In over 1,300 counties across America, elected coroners, many with no medical or scientific background, are in charge of death investigations. Nationwide there is a severe shortage of competent forensic pathologists to do autopsies. The rate of autopsies - the gold standard of death investigation - has plummeted over the decades. As a result, murderers go free and innocent people go to jail. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman reports the results of a joint investigation with ProPublica, NPR, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. Watch on air and online beginning Tuesday, February 1st at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings). http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/post-mortem/
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