Ohio ex-toxicologist's findings to be tested

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Posted: Oct 12, 2010 12:58 PM
Ohio ex-toxicologist's findings to be tested

An Ohio coroner is reviewing autopsies that involved a former toxicologist whose credentials are being questioned.

WBNS-TV in Columbus reports James Ferguson has acknowledged he falsely claimed to have gotten a degree from Ohio State University in 1972 but really graduated in 1988. The station says it also obtained a college transcript indicating Ferguson flunked basic biochemistry courses.

Ferguson didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Franklin County coroner Jan Gorniak says Ferguson would have handled thousands of cases during his career from 1976 to 2003.

Gorniak says the review will look at all autopsies where toxicology tests were a factor in determining the cause of death, but it's unclear how many that is.

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Information from: WBNS-TV, http://www.10tv.com/