Calls for state medical examiner to be suspended without pay

By Amy Cherry 6:13pm, May 14, 2014
The state Medical Examiner's office. (Photo courtesy of NBC 10.)
A second hearing on the evidence scandal at the state Medical Examiner's office ends with calls for drastic measures.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"Mr. Callery was basically running a private business on state time in a state office."

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That's why State Rep. Mike Mulrooney (D-Pennwood) is calling for Richard Callery to be suspended without pay.

Callery has been collecting on his nearly $200,000 salary since he was suspended at the end of February, and the vice chair of the House public safety committee says enough is enough.

"I'm an electrician. If I messed up as bad as Callery did, my job, I'd be fired. I wouldn't be getting paid, and I don't know why anyone else is, especially when it's this blatant in the face of the taxpayers," said Mulrooney.

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Mulrooney says he's been off the job, and he's not sure why he's still being paid.

"We have enough attorneys on staff to figure out a way to stop his pay. I believe he should resign, do the right thing," Mulrooney said.

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Also presented at the hearing, a proposal to move the Medical Examiner's office from Department of Health and Social Services to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Authorities have discovered more than 60 cases in which drug evidence has apparently been tampered with or is missing, resulting in several criminal cases being delayed, dismissed or plea bargained. As a result, the public defender's office also is seeking to have hundreds of drug convictions dismissed.

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