Freeholders support new autopsy legislation sponsored by Hudson Assemblymen

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The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution in support of an Assembly bill sponsored by two Hudson legislators that would require medical examiners to perform autopsies “in all cases of compelling public necessity.” 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The resolution, in support of Assembly bill A5248, passed by a vote of 8-0(1), with all freeholders voting yes, except for Gerry Balmir (D-3) – who was absent.

The bill, introduced by Assemblymen Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) and Raj Mukherji (D-33) “requires medical examiners to perform dissections or autopsies in all cases of compelling public necessity, including deaths of prison, jail, or penitentiary inmates.”

Back in September, the Hudson freeholders passed a resolution urging the state legislature to update the State Medical Examiner’s Act, as only Hudson County View reported.

The resolution was passed in light of two deaths, one male immigrant detainee and one female inmate, at the county jail being investigated.