John Kasich, Mike DeWine, and the Ohio State Legislature: Enact "Jake's Law" in honor of the late Jacob L. Limberios.
"Jake's Law" would require all county coroners and/or medical examiners to conduct or order an autopsy on all violent or suspicious deaths, as well as increase the standards of qualification for county coroners in order to ensure that all deaths are properly investigated and accurately certified. On March 2nd, 2012, 19 year old Jacob L. Limberios suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was killed instantly. Sandusky County Coroner, Dr. John Wukie, ruled the death an accidental suicide within hours of the death without reporting to the scene, examining the body, or ordering an autopsy. The following September, the Limberios family was left with no other choice but to finance their own autopsy after Sandusky County Law Enforcement refused to properly investigate the death by ordering an exhumation of Jacob's body. The family hired world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wecht concluded that Jake died of a homicide, citing "incontrovertible forensic scientific proof" that he discovered during his autopsy of Jake's body. The Sandusky County Coroner has to this day refused to change Jacob's death certificate. After fifteen months of fighting Sandusky County Law Enforcement (including a civil lawsuit against Coroner Wukie), Judge Dale Crawford finally excused the special prosecutor of his role in the death investigation and appointed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to take authority over the investigation. Unfortunately, Ohio's current law does not require coroners or medical examiners to conduct or order an autopsy for such a case. "Jake's Law" would ensure that no other family in the state of Ohio would ever have to fight as hard, or as long as the Limberioses have to find out the true manner, mode, and cause of their loved one's death. No child, including Jake's 4 year old daughter Ella, should ever think that their parent killed themselves if that were not the truth; and Ohio's elected officials have the opportunity to stop that from ever happening.