Elected coroners report fewer suicides than appointed counterparts

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American Medical News

Elected coroners report about 13 percent fewer suicides than appointed medical examiners, according to a study from Temple sociologist Joshua Klugman. "Elected coroners would feel pressure because they are elected by the public at large and would be worried about antagonizing local community stakeholders who might badmouth them," said Klugman. "For medical examiners, we think the pressure is still there, but it's to a lesser degree. They feel insulated from that."