Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says inquests are not really necessary in most death investigations… but her challenger disagrees.
Edwards has virtually discontinued the practice of inquests, where a panel of six citizens hears evidence and delivers a verdict on the manner of death. She says in most cases, there is no doubt about the manner of death… and when there is, coroner’s staffers are better equipped to render that verdict.
But Democrat Jerry Curry says oversight from citizens can be a valuable check-and-balance, and says he would reinstate the practice if elected.
[Both candidates appeared live Monday on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show.”]