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CSI portrays forensic pathology as state-of-the-art science performed by experts in shiny facilities, but this Frontline special reveals a far different reality. 

CSI portrays forensic pathology as state-of-the-art science performed by experts in shiny facilities, but this Frontline special reveals a far different reality. In many counties, elected coroners with little or no medical training are in charge of death investigations, and some forensic pathologists are outright incompetents. The predictable result is that murderers go free and innocent people go to jail. Yet there is little hope of change: As a New Orleans coroner tells correspondent Lowell Bergman, “The dead don’t vote.” Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

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