Surving Spouse has no Property Interest in Husband’s Body

City of Key West v. Knowles, 948 So.2d 58 (Fla. 3 DCA January 10, 2007)

A surviving spouse sued the city of Key West, Florida claiming she was deprived of her property interest in her husband’s buried remains without due process in violation of 42 U.S.C. 1983.

The Court found that an individual has no constitutionally protected property interest to a decedent’s remains after the point of burial or other lawful disposition, the appellate court reversed the $15,000 jury verdict that had been entered in favor of the surviving spouse.

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