TN Medical Examiner Contracts Suspended After Pot Arrest


Tennessee state medical examiner Bruce Levy’s career is in jeopardy and some of his biggest cases under scrutiny after Mississippi investigators uncovered a package of marijuana addressed to him and more of the drug in his hotel room, The Tennessean reports. Mississippi, Tennessee, and Metro Nashville suspended contracts for forensic work done by Levy’s two companies after his arrest in Ridgeland, Ms., on felony marijuana possession charges. Levy, 49, was due to collect $3.8 million this year from Metro alone through one firm.

Last year, Levy’s office ruled the death of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was a murder-suicide, although Levy didn’t perform the autopsy. The family of McNair’s accused girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, and a former Metro police officer publicly questioned the findings. Nashville defense attorney John Herbison said it would be tough to measure any impact of Levy’s arrest before the case is complete. The process of reviewing Levy’s medical license hasn’t begun.

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