On August 11 on the Seeking Justice show at 9 pm Eastern, Kim Kolton and I will delve into the realm of death investigations. Among the topics we’ll address are:

 

The role of coroner/medical examiner investigators;

The autopsy;

Death certificates and other paper work;

Getting the manner or cause of death changed; and

Dealing with the system. 

 

Joining us will be Dr. Scott LaPoint and William B. Sullivan.

 

Dr. LaPoint has been Deputy Medical Examiner with the Monroe County (New York) Medical Examiner Office in Rochester since September 2001. He has also been a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester from September 2002 to present; and Forensic Pathologist at the Onondaga County Medical Examiner Office in Syracuse, New York from November 2002 to present.

 

William Sullivan opened Forensic Consulting Specialties in Syracuse, New York in 1988. His agency conducts death, personal injury and insurance claim fraud investigations as well as performing record reviews.

Join us at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dennisngriffin

Domestic Violence 

On Memorial Day weekend, 2006, Regan Martin lay in a bed at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. Bruises covered most of her body. Her wrists were bloody, her lower lip split and swollen.

Nurses had given her morphine and tended to her wounds. Now, a police officer hovered over her bed.

He wanted her to sign a complaint that would allow Will County to prosecute her husband—John Samolis— for criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint. After seven years of abuse Regan had had enough. Wincing in pain, she reached out her hand and signed the paper. Samolis served 19 months for the assault. When he was released, Regan feared he would kill her. She had tried to move out of state with their children, only to learn that abusers—even convicted felons—rarely lose visitation rights. If she left Illinois without permission, she’d be considered a child abductor. You can read more of Regan’s story at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-regan_tuenov11,0,389866.story?page=2 On the Juror Thirteen show on Wednesday, August 12, Regan Martin and her mother—victim’s advocate Cherry Simpson —will talk about spousal rape, abuse, plea bargains and the courts. They’ll tell you what they have done to fight back; and what you can do if you are a victim of abuse. The show can be heard at 9 pm Eastern at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dennisngriffin. You can ask questions or make comments by calling in at 646 478-0982, or through the show’s chat room.    

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