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Picon: Talk to my attorney

By rgordon
Monday, March 5th, 2007 at 3:52 pm in Uncategorized.

The mother of 23-year-old Nicholas Picon, the Daly City man who died of a heart defect on October, informed the local media on Sunday that her attorney will now speak for her.

After Picon’s body was returned to his family from the office of the San Mateo County Coroner sans his heart, his mother, Selina Picon, decried Coroner Robert Foucrault’s conduct and lobbied the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for a change in law to require coroners to notify families that they may retain body parts. Assemblyman Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco, has transformed her plea into a bill proposal.

However, it doesn’t appear that the county can merely pat itself on the back for brokering the legislative proposal and entirely wash its hands of the original incident. Reading between the lines, the letter seems to indicate that a claim or lawsuit may still be imminent.

“I have decided to retain the Law Offices Of Ayanna L. Jenkins-Toney to assist me in resolving the inconsistencies and general shroud of misinformation and secrecy concerning what we believe to be the unlawful retention of my son Nicholas’s heart by the San Mateo County Coroner,” her letter states. “Mrs. Jenkins-Toney will be the person that those of you in the press should contact in the future when making inquires as they pertain to my case. My lawyer and I are diligently working to get the law to be more specific as it relates to notifying the next of kin when organs, tissue, etc. are kept by the coroner.”

Previously: Coroner clarification

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