Coroner's Employees Improperly Viewed Jackson Death Certificate
Posted on Thu Jul 23, 2009 08:00 AM PDT

JacksonDeathCert200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - It looks like morbid curiosity led an unknown number of employees to inappropriately view Michael Jackson's death certificate and other information that should have been off limits on a Los Angeles County Coroner's Office computer.

According to the Los Angeles Times, at least two-dozen coroner's staff members are believed to accessed Jackson's death certificate, which had been viewed 300 times in the two weeks following the pop star's death.

Some apparently printed copies before the document was released publicly. The employees had been warned there was a security hold on the Jackson case file and that unauthorized views would result in disciplinary action.

"There's only one person in the investigation of Mr. Jackson who needed to have a copy of the death certificate, and that was the investigator," said Craig Harvey, chief coroner investigator.

No laws, only internal rules, appear to have been broken.

Additionally, officials discovered that two other computers holding information about the Jackson investigation were not as secure as intended.

“We took extra steps to plug those holes," Harvey said.

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