THE. DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
County Medical Examiner Faces Ouster Over Autopsy Issue
8-4rlday, -Hrineber 5, •1971
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"Toward that end; Dr. Corrigan those who had already arrived for further tests. According to Jewish
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law, when the organ is buried,
On Monday, the chairman of has been requested to appear at an the funeral.
Rabbi Gruskin said that he could
the board of commissioners, emergency meeting of the appro-
Factory li t ained
t nes- w
Robert E. FitzPatrick, issued a priate committee at 2 p. m. to- not reach Dr. Corrigan but he had that day, Rabbi Gruskin
There is much controversy iri
statement to the Jewish News morrow( Tuesday) to discuss the asked the clerk in the health ex-
and Jewish Community Council situation. I will urge upon the aminer's office to make sure any the Responsa, he added, over how
in which he indicated the board's committee a thorough review of all autopsy was delayed until a hear- such burial should take place.
regret for the incident. He said policies and procedures of the of- ing could be held Sunday morn- Some rabbis would argue that in
unusual circumstances,. the body
he would urge a review of the fice of medical examiner _to`,.en-,
policies of the office of medical sure that religious sensibilities- ." The - rabbi said le and members may - be - exhumed so 'the brain can
buried with it. According to
examiner "to ensure that religi-
ous sensibilities are respected." will be given an immediate•-di- the Sunday hearing only to,be in- other sources, the brain must be
to that effect.
formed ther,autopsV :was held the. 'buried separately ,- because once
There have been widespread rective
"His falure to comply with both' day before, on the , Sabbath.--
the grave -has been filled it is not
complaints against Dr. Corrigan's the
Rabbi - Gruskin said he was; par- to- be= opened again.
actions and his statements to the tives will be grounds for removal ticularly
insensed Tuesday when,
as far as I am concerned."
in response to a question from a
Paul Fealk charged last Thurs-
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Testifying on Tuesday, Rabbi committee member, --Dr. Corrigan
day that his father's body had Gruskin said that the Fealk funer- indicated..parts of the body re-
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been buried without the brain, fol- al had been scheduled for 2:30 moved in= an' autopsy are disposed
lowing his death Sept. 10 at Sinai p.m.. Friday, Sept. 10 but that at of in an incinerator.
The brain removed from Mr.
the last minute the county morgue
Previously, the f a mily had requested the return of the body Fealk's body had not been returned
charged that the examiner per- from the Hebrew Memorial Chap- by Thursday, but Dr. Corrigan
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formed a Sabbath-day autopsy, el. The rabbi had to turn away t said it had been sent out for
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another violation of religious law
and in contradiction to the re-
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Rabbi Says Halakha Behind Times;
quests of the family.
Dr. Harvey H. Gass, the neuro-
surgeon who signed Mr. Fealk's Must Bridge Torah Law, Modern State
death certificate, said there was
TEL AVIV (JTA) — A prom- technOlogical possibilities — which
"no question of foul play," and Dr.
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Corrigan "needlessly interfered inent Israeli rabbi admitted that would have made it easier to ob-
with Jewish burial rites for no Halakha, religious law, was sadly serve the.injunctions of the Torah,
behind the times and said that including keeping the Sabbath.
Israel's religious problems could
=.-Rabbi Goren stressed, that
Rabbi Solomon Gruskin, who be solved given tolerance and good there
should be a' state approach
testified at the Tuesday commit- will on both sides. The moderate to Halakha.
He said a bridge
tee meeting, said he knew the views, unusual for an - -Orthodox could be found between a modern
late Mr. Fealk for 25 years, and rabbi in this country, were express- - `denuicratie
and the laws,
the latter was a "devout, - pious ed by Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren of the Torah if several
man who prayed three times a of Tel Aviv, the former chief chap- tions are met, the most important
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day." To needlessly perform an lain of Israel's armed forces.
autopsy on him — and on the
Addtessing members of the said extraordinary cases should
Sabbath—went against what the Guild for Religion and Spirit of not'be utilized to heat up clashes
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man believed in, said Rabbi Bnai Brith, Rabbi Goren, who between religions and nonobser-
holds the . rank :of general, said , vant elements of the population-
When Dr. Corrigan was asked that Halakha in this generation
The - chief rabbi, was referring
last week to comment to the had not advanced hand-in-hand apparently to the recent case in
press on Paul Fealk's charges, he with the times and technology, nor which marriage licenses were de-
was quoted as saying that postpon- did it incorporate any innovations. nied two young Israelis because,
ing the autopsy until after the
He said Halakha was powerless the religious authorities deemed
Sabbath "doesn't fit into our to solve the intricate problems them to be of illegitimate birth.
• Great sei,
scheme." He was reported as say- of the modern Israeli nation and
A group of Israelis plans to pe-
ing he hears "complaints from expressed regret that the present tition
the Knesset on Tuesday to
Jewish people on the timing of generation found no courage to demand
that civil marriages be
make innovations — in spite of allowed in IsraeL Simultaneously,
The only way he could satisfy
The Public Committee- for Civil
burial requests would be to "bury
Marriages has designated "Mama-
dead Jewish people immediately AJCongress Forces
zer Day" to draw attention to the
and then dig them up again," Dr. Education Board to
plight of the brother and sister.
Corrigan had been quoted in the
Rabbi Goren referred. to the
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He reportedly added: "Jewish
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this board, the insensitive state- fqr the AJC, told a meeting of
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ments attributed to Dr. Corrigan
pattern of "reverse discrimina-
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He issued a warning that "new
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