June 16, 2010
Enough With the Nanny State Already

From Findlay, Ohio, comes news that:

(CNN) — The state board that licenses funeral homes in Ohio has opened an investigation into a funeral director in Findlay, Ohio, who is accused of mishandling a corpse, being naked in public and wearing the jacket of a deceased man in front of his family…

Other allegations against Routson include being intoxicated or addicted to illegal drugs, not properly disposing of waste materials and failing to properly sterilize instruments used in embalming. He’s also accused of being naked in public during business hours, threatening and/or harassing employees and partially embalming a corpse and then leaving it unrefrigerated for 13 days.

Which leaves hanging the main question: Why should a guy have to sterilize his embalming instruments anyway?


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 16, 2010 12:45 PM
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I've always heard it said that the reason is because the secret's in the sauce.

With fried green tomatoes as a side dish.

Posted by: Buck on June 17, 2010 5:42 AM

Jerry, it's a little known fact that Ohio law allows for a presumption of death. This is balanced by an interpretation of habeas corpus that requires corpse end-users and the intermediaries in the trade to produce the body. Mistakes, after all, do get made. That's why sterilized instruments are very important. Goldman Sachs lobbied against it—fearful of margins calls, no doubt— but the good people of Ohio stood firm.

Chalk one up for the Nanny State!

Posted by: Jim on June 17, 2010 5:46 AM
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