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Ector County Commissioner's Court's Special Panel To Study Medical Examiner's Office Holds First Meeting

Ector County, TX (Big 2 News) The panel tries to resolve problems with the Medical Examiner's office.
Ector County, TX (Big 2 News) The panel tries to resolve problems with the Medical Examiner's office.

"I don't believe it's acting in compliance of the law. There's been some problems in the way it's been set up," said Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.

And disagreements within the special panel organized to address the problem already exist.

"We are operating within compliance with the law, it's just the law's not real clear on some of the issues that we're facing," Ector County Judge Susan Redford said.

Bland called the ME's office unaccountable for their actions.

Problems with the ME came to light after no autopsy was done on an infant who tested positive for cocaine.

"We are the only county that runs this kind of system in the state of Texas. We're the only one and we're not doing it right. and that's a problem," Bland said.

While panel members say the meeting was productive, questions are still unanswered.

"Ultimately, where the questions lies is not are we autopsying too many cases, it's are enough cases being autopsied."

During the meeting, Bland expressed he's gathering evidence against the ME's office.

"And obviously the District Attorney is dealing with some things that he thinks is very sensitive to some of his on-going investigations and I understand that but, it's a little bit like asking us to fix the problem and we don't have all the information to fix it," said Dr. Anne Acreman, chief medical examiner.

Bland says what he's questioning, is the law and standard operating procedure of the office.

"There are serious questions on how it's set up. Everybody's even acknowledged the investigators are doing things they aren't necessarily allowed to do," Bland said.

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