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Coroner Or Justice

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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
August
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

Ypsilaüti, Mich., Aug. 1. - (Froni a stalï correspondent). - CoroDer B. F. Watts, of Aan Arbor, was called here to view the body of John Ross, who hanged himself tiris ruoming in his barn. Vvben Cotouer Watts arrived, however Jnstice Childs had already taken charge of the inquest and the matter has created cousidei'able discussion. lt is maintamed that if a coronercan be notified a , justice shall not bave charge of the inquest in incorporated c'ties; others claim that the law reads that it only nolds when a corouer lives in au incorporated city which is not the case here. FollowiMg is section 9,594, Howell's anotated statctes: That. it shall not be competent for jn.srices of the pence, within the iucorporated cities of this state in which a connty coronèr resides, to hold inqnests on the view bodies, unless both of the coroners of said conuty iu which tbey are sitúate shall be absent, or inca pacitated to act, f rom sickness, or otherwise; but sucfi iuqnests within said city shall be beid by oue of the corours elected for tbe county in which sncü cities are severally sitúate. City Attorney E. B. Norria says there is no question bnt what Justice Childs can lawfully hola tbe inquesfc. The statute be says covers only those cities where a corouer resides and no coroner resides in Ypsilanti. If a coroner resided in Ypsilant:, said Mr. Norris, no justice could bold an iuquest there if the coroner were out of tbe county, nnless Coroner Watts were also ont of tbe county. Judge Newkirk, T. A. Bogle and M. J. Cavanaugh were also seeu and all agreed that tbe onlv cities in which tbe authority of a coroner was pararuount to that of a justice was in a city svhere the coroner lived. If in Ann Arbor the coroner should be absent Coroner Kapp, of Manchester, vvould have to liold the iuquest.