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Maine AG Office Will Stand By State's Chief Medical Examiner

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BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF MEDICINE via Bangor Daily News

After conducting a review of complaints made against the state's chief medical examiner, the Maine office of the Attorney General says it is standing by Dr. Mark Flomenbaum.

The review came at the request of independent State Rep. Jeff Evangelos, who raised concerns that Flomenbaum was engaging in private consulting work on taxpayer time. Evangelos also complained that Flomenbaum's initial findings in a hiker's death were flawed and had to be amended.

In a letter issued Friday afternoon, the AG's office says it found no indication that Flomenbaum conducts consulting work on state time, and that it's not uncommon to amend death certificates.

Attorney General Frey did, however, agree with a third complaint that the language in a job posting for deputy chief medical examiner did not convey the professionalism expected from state officials.

But overall, Frey says "Nothing in this review undermines the confidence of the AG's Office in the Chief Medical Examiner or in the quality of his work and that of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner."