The United States’ Constitution on Death Investigators
A constitution usually provides legal frameworks of operation. In the US, the constitution proves standards of operation in all areas whether in social, economic, political, legislative or judicial systems. There are thus clear stipulations on how medicolegal procedures should be followed and adhered to by the persons involves including death investigators (Legal Information Institute, 1999). This task discusses the implication of the US constitution on death investigators and how the same reflects the core value of integrity.
Among the many provisions that a death investigator must comply with include mandatory qualification as a pathologist. An investigator must as much as possible always give due consideration to any applicable laws that protects religious beliefs of the affected individuals, notification of the family of the decedent about the autopsy to be conducted, authorization of discharge of the decedent’s remains upon completion of the pathological examination, and finally, prompt report of the results of the forensic pathogen to the official in charge of the overall investigation (Legal Information Institute, 1999). The immediate implication of the provisions is that the death instigator adheres to the standards of operation and does not just decide on what do because he/she is a professional. The Constitution thus provides room for fairness to the family of the decedent because they are incorporated in the process. The constitution sets the foundation for sound moral and ethical principles which is the focal point for integrity. The constitution generally does not place any limitation on the investigator but rather defines the procedures of operation.
In conclusion, the constitution provides standards of operation so that fairness and integrity is upheld in the process of conducting pathological examination by a forensic death investigator. While collaboration with the family of the decedent is demonstration of fairness, adherence to the standards of operation promotes integrity.
Legal Information Institute. (1999). 10 U.S. Code § 1471. Forensic pathology investigations. Cornell Law School. Accessed June 21, 2019 from https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/1471#tab_default_2