Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told reporters he's asked state health officials to expedite the autopsy report of Freddie Gray, a 25-year old black man who died after sustaining severe injuries while in custody of Baltimore police.
The deputy commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, Jerry Rodriguez, has said Gray died Sunday of "a very tragic injury to his spinal cord." Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said investigators were searching for any evidence of abuse by officers or other trauma that might have occurred in a police van after Gray's arrest.
How long should it take to release the autopsy report? Will the medical examiners "expedite" the report?
Maryland's Forensic Medical Center is a storied organization in the world of forensic pathology. The late Dr. Russell Fisher was its long time chief medical examiner who is considered the dean of pathologists, according to Joseph Cassilly, the longest serving State's Attorney in Maryland. Cassilly says the pathologists are beholden to science and objectivity and should not be subjected to pressures from constituents demanding quick answers.
Joseph Cassilly, past President of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA); current State's Attorney for Harford County, Maryland; the longest serving State’s Attorney in Maryland