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Autopsy, Cremation & the Spoliation of Evidence in Wrongful Death Cases

Mar 29, 2023 | Articles & Updates

Article by Courtney Barbacane, Esq., published in The Legal Intelligencer

Posted on March 28, 2023

What happens when an autopsy is performed, in anticipation of litigation, and the body is subsequently cremated? Regardless of whether the autopsy is performed by a county coroner or an independent pathologist, I would argue that cremation of the body is tantamount to the intentional destruction of evidence in a wrongful death case.

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