Brown Vetoes Bill Sparked By Controversy At San Joaquin County’s Medical Examiner Office
The legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown knocked down came about after famous pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu accused Sheriff Steve Moore of interfering with investigations to protect law enforcement. Brown said decisions about how to structure coroner services are best left to local elected officials.
Ventura County Star:
Here's A Look At The Latest Legislation Brown Has Signed And Vetoed
[Gov. Jerry Brown] also vetoed legislation that aimed to eliminate conflicts of interests by sheriffs who serve dually as county coroners. That bill, SB1303, was sparked after San Joaquin County's medical examiner alleged the sheriff interfered in death investigations. The medical examiner was Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist made famous by the movie "Concussion." Omalu accused Sheriff Steve Moore of interfering with investigations to protect law enforcement. The sheriff serves as the coroner in most of California's 58 counties. (9/18)