Originally Posted by David Orsam
We are discussing whether a coroner had a legal responsibility to conduct an inquest which determined the time of death. On that point, there is no such responsibility. That's why none of the Ripper inquests did it!
It seems to boil down to a disagreement over the interpretation of the ambiguous term, "when".
Coroners (previously mentioned) have made a point of inquiring as to the actual time
of death from the medical witness, Macdonald did not, yet opinion on that detail was readily available.
The claim that "when" is not to be taken as specific, when the "who" is specific (- the actual name of deceased is required); the "where" is also specific (- the actual address is required); and the "by what means" is again specific (- the direct cause in medical terms being required), then it only stands to reason the "when" must also be specific.
I guess we will have to agree to disagree.