Dispute Over Dead Woman's Brain Reaches Michigan Supreme Court

By: AP
By: AP

The Michigan Supreme Court has an unusual case: Who gets a dead person's brain?

The court is hearing arguments Thursday to determine whether state law grants possession to the family of the deceased.

Katherine Weins' daughter was upset when she learned that her 88-year-old mother was cremated without her brain in 2006. It was removed for an autopsy and incinerated by the Oakland County medical examiner.

A brain must be hardened before being examined, a process that can take two weeks. Officials say families usually want a loved one's remains before then.

Weins' daughter, Karen Waeschle of Waterford, is suing Oakland County. A federal appeals court asked the Michigan Supreme Court to interpret state law.


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