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Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi, LA County Coroner, 1969 UPI story

Noguchi Back As LA Coroner

LOS ANGELES (UPI) -Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi today was reinstated to the post of County Coroner, the job he was fired from five months ago amid charges he needed psychiatric care. The Civil Service Commission overruled county supervisors who dropped the Japanese-born pathologist from his $31,000-a-year post last March 18. The commission heard 21 days of testimony in considering Noguchi’s appeal of the dismissal. Noguchi said at the end of the hearing he was confident he would get his job back. He did not testify on his own behalf so he could return to his job with a “spotless” record, said Godfrey Isaac, his attorney. The commission heard testimony on 60 specific charges against the coroner, five of which were dismissed for lack of evidence. The accusations were some of the most bizarre ever lodged against a public official.

Detailed in a 10-page letter prepared by Lindon S. Holer, the county administrative officer, they included reports Noguchi prayed for airplane crashes that would bring glory to the coroner’s office and expressing a desire to perform autopsies on county officials, including Hollinger. who were still alive. Deputy County Counsel Martin Weekes charged at the hearing that as Robert F. Kennedy fought for his life at Good Samaritan Hospital, Noguchi danced in his office in glee and said: “I am going to be famous. I hope he dies. Because if he dies, then my international reputation will be established.” Isaac blamed many of the allegations on people outside the coroner’s office misunderstanding the “graveyard humor” within. He denied all the charges “generally and specifically” and summoned character witnesses to testify on behalf of Noguchi.

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March 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

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