The Coroner's office -- which is a political office -- listed the cause of death as "homicide." No ME could possibly conclude the cause of death as homicide because they were unable to determine a cause of death.
And if you want to go by the Coroner's official report, Scott Peterson is off the hook, because the official date and time of Laci's death is the day her body washed up on shore, April 14th -- not the previous Christmas Eve when Scott was supposed to be fishing.
???? Even though it was apparent by the state of decomposition that she'd been dead for quite some time? Puhleeeze. So by your reasoning, Peterson couldn't possibly have done it because, officially, she died on April 14. Well, then there are probably a lot of people in prison who shouldn't be because the victims weren't found until quite some time later than when they might actually have been murdered. Makes perfect sense, eh?
Coroners have the authority to inquire into and determine in all cases the circumstances, manner, and cause of death. The difference is that a coroner is an elected official, while a ME is usually appointmend by some government body. Yes, it is a political office, but if a coroner is a physician, he can perform autopsies. He still has the authority to make the determination as to manner and cause of death, and whether or not that death was a homicide. So, according to you, because a coroner (oh, the horro) made the determination, it's not valid? And Scott's off the hook because the body wasn't found until April 14th? That's quite a stretch.
The cause of death was homicide: by ruling out natural cause, suicide and accident.
The the ME was not able to determine MANNER of death.
There are no medical examiners in Contra Costa county, only Coroners.
How do I know?
I live in Contra Costa County.
He listed it as a homocide, which is the crime that Scott Peterson has been convicted of.
Get over it.