A look at competing claims over Markingson reviews

The recent campus vigil and remarks by former Gov. Arne Carlson over investigations into the 2004 death of University of Minnesota research patient Dan Markingson have dredged up a long-running question about the case:

Has it ever been adequately investigated?

The U has stated repeatedly that it has. When asked to lay out its case, a spokesman sent me this.


Critics such as U of M bioethics professor Carl Elliott say that’s not an accurate portrayal.

He points to a November analysis by Trudo Lemmens and Shannon Gibson of the University of Toronto of the reviews. It says they suffer from a number of insufficiencies: