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The Baja California state legislature, which only last month voted to abolish the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) and replace it with the Forensic Sciences Institute, voted Thursday to go back to the old way of doing things.
The legislation creating the institute of flawed and had caused a dispute over who was responsible for paying forensic workers while the transition to the institute was taking place; a work stoppage caused a pileup of bodies in Mexicali. There also was a question about the legality of coroner rulings on cause of death. Legislator Ricardo Magaña of the National Action Party, who had introduced the legislation, was among the 22 legislators who voted to undo it.
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The state's forensic medical service is being transferred from the state judicial agency to the State Institute of Forensic Sciences, and a dispute over who is responsible for paying workers while the transfer is taking place is causing bodies to pile up at the state coroners' office in Mexicali. Workers are refusing to work until they are paid, and bodies are being placed in refrigeration. However, on Friday, the forensic morgue ran out of storage and started refusing bodies, El Mexicano reported. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, Jan. 20: State reaches agreement to pay workers Story, Frontera (PDF).