- Lott v. State & Tumminelli v State
32 Misc 2d 296, 225 NYS2d 434 (1962)
- Hospital liable for: i) mistagging two deceased, a Catholic and a Jew;
(ii)for causing autopsy to be performed on Jew; and (iii) for both to be
prepared for the other's burial (e.g., Jew was made up with Rosary beads,
- Sykes v Commercial Travelers Mutual Accident Insurance
32 F.R.D. 335 (D. Pa. 1963)
- Trial is allowed to decide the material facts in the case and religious
objection insn't enough to deny the defendants request for an autopsy if
request was timely and allowable by insurance contract.
- Wilsensky v. Greco
74 Misc2d 512, 344 NYS 2d 77 (1973)
- Autopsy is enjoined b/c it is unneccesary. It is just to satisfy
"curiosity" of coroner as to which of many internal injuries caused death.
- Snyder v. Holy Cross Hospital
30 MdApp. 317, 352 A.2d 334 (1976)
- 18 year old in good health died suddenly. The state's interest outweighs the
fathers request that to perform the post-mortem exam would violate his sincerely
held religious beliefs.
- Atkins v. Medical Examiner of Westchester County
418 NYS2d 839, 100 Misc2d 296 (S.Ct. Westchester County 1979)
- Autopsy could not be performed on Orthodox Jew merely to satisfy professional
- Kohn v. United States
591 F. Supp. 568 (E.D.N.Y 1984)
- US Army liable for distress caused by cremation and embalming of Jewish soldier
killed on duty because it could not show need to do so; however, Army not
liable for performing autopsy where governmental need outweighs the families
- Liberman v. Riverside Memorial Chapel
650 N.Y.S. 2d 194 (1995)
- Damages awarded when Jewish funeral home caused state to perform autopsy on
decedent, an Orthodox Jew despite State Law; PUBLIC HEALTH LAW section 4210
(c) commonly called the "Silver Law" forbids autopsies upon religious objection
unless required for "public neccesity"; held, no "public necessity" present.
- Stein v. Lebowitz-Pine View Hotel
111 AD2d 572, 489 N.Y.S. 2d 635 (1985)
- To avoid autopsy, plaintiff's sister lied to coroner and said deceased had heart
condition; widow still entitled to sue hotel for wrongful death.
- Montgomery v. County of Clinton, Michigan
743 F. Supp. 1253 (D. Mich. 1990), aff'd 940 F.2d 661 (6th Cir. 1991)
- Jewish mother sued over autopsy on son who died violent death; autopsy law
religiously neutral; held, state interest outweighed private religious
- Rotholz v. City of New York
151 Misc. 2d 613, 582 NYS 2d 366 (1992)
- Hospital liable for autopsy on Jewish deceased.
- Schwartz v. State
162 Misc 2d 313, 616 NYS 2d 921 (1994)
- Section 4210 (c) of the Public Health Law applies notwithstanding any other
state statute and requires a 48 hour delay unless a compelling state interest
for public neccesity.
- Wolf v. Rose Hill Cemetary Assoc.
914 P2d 468 ( 1995)
- Woman has right to disinter remains of father and sister from Orthodox Jewish
cemetary and to reinter at a family plot in another cemetary.
- Harris-Cunningham v. Medical Examiner of New York County
690 N.Y.S.2d 253 (N.Y. App. Div. 1999). Dated May 20, 1999. Memorandum opinion.
- Where person in apparent health died suddenly, the medical examiner (M.E.) was entitled to perform autopsy without seeking the consent of a surviving family member or friend; there had been no prior objection by family or friend and the M.E. had no reason to believe that an autopsy would be contrary to decedent's religious beliefs; New York law.