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UTAH.

Justice of peace to hold inquest, etc. (Rev. Stat. (1898), secs. 1,221 et seq.).

And may order chemical analysis (Rev. Stat. (1898), sec. 1,230).

And bury the body, if unclaimed, at county expense, if necessary (Rev. Stat. [1898), sec. 1,237).

Unlawful removal of dead body a felony (Rev. Stat. (1898], sec. 4,230).

City councils and county commissioners may provide for burial of indigent dead (Rev. Stat. (1898), secs. 206, sub. 79; 511, sub. 42).

Burial not to be permitted without death certificate, as regulated by city councils and county commissioners (Rev. Stat. [1898), sec. 2,035).

VERMONT.

Justice of the peace to hold inquest, etc. (Stat. [1894), secs. 4,713 et seq.).

Removal, etc., of dead body without authority is punishable (Stat. [1894], secs. 5.004 et seq.).

Bodies of those dying in poorhouse or other public institution, which are required to be buried at public expense, may be delivered to any physician for dissection, etc., unless deceased requested to be buried, or friends or relations request burial, or deceased was a stranger or traveller. Such body shall not be removed from State, and shall be used for scientific purposes only (Stat. [1894), secs. 4,641 et seq.).

Bodies of persons dying of certain contagious diseases to be wrapped in certain disinfectants and buried at once; of persons dying of certain other contagious diseases may be transported as prescribed; no body to be transported without certificate, etc. (Stat. [1894], secs. 4,687 et seq.).

Mother of illegitimate child found dead under suspicious circumstances, of which she was privately delivered, may be found guilty of a felony, though evidence is insufficient to convict her of murder (Stat. (1894), secs. 4,890, 4,891).

VIRGINIA.

Coroner to hold inquest, etc. (Code, secs. 3,938 et seq.).
And to bury the body at public expense (Code, sec. 3,946).

Removal, etc., of dead body from grave without authority, is punishable (Code, sec. 3,794).

Bodies of those dying on vessels in State shall be buried by master on the shore above high-water mark (Code, sec. 2,002).

Bodies of those dying in almshouse, prison, morgue, hospital, jail, or other public institution, which are required to be buried at public expense, and bodies of criminals executed for crime, shall be delivered to medical college, etc., and physician or surgeon for anatomical study, unless (except criminals) relatives and friends claim the body or deceased was a stranger or traveller; and such bodies shall not be sent out of the State (Code, secs. 1,776 et seq.).

Bodies of persons dying of certain contagious diseases must be transported as prescribed (Code, sec. 1,743 f).

Embalmers must be licensed (Code, sec. 1,743 g).

WASHINGTON. Coroner to hold inquest, etc. (Hill's Stat., vol. 1, secs. 245 et seq.).

And bury body, if not claimed by friends, at public expense (Hill's Stat., vol. 1, sec. 257).

Bodies of those dying in poorhouse, public hospital, county jail, state prison, etc., which are required to be buried at public expense, shall be delivered to medical college, physician, surgeon, etc., for study, unless deceased requested to be buried, or it is claimed by friends or relatives, or deceased was a stranger or traveller; and such body shall be used only in the State (Hill's Stat., vol. 1, secs. 2,428 et seq.).

Removal, etc., of body from the grave without authority is punishable (Pen. Code, sec. 208).

WEST VIRGINIA.

Coroner to hold inquest, etc. (Code, ch. 154).

And bury the body at public expense, or if of a stranger, may forward it to its destination or bury it (Code, ch. 154, sec. 8).

Removal, etc., of a body from grave is punishable (Code, ch. 149, sec. 13).

WISCONSIN.

Justice of the peace or coroner to hold inquest, etc. (S. & B. Ann. Stat., ch. 200).

And shall cause the body to be buried at public expense (S. & B. Ann. Stat., ch. 200, sec. 4,877).

Dead body of convict shall, if not claimed by relatives or friends, be buried (S. & B. Ann. Stat., sec. 4,926).

Removal, etc., of body from grave without authority is punishable (S. & B. Ann. Stat., sec. 4,592).

Concealing death of child which if born alive would be a bastard, is punishable (S. & B. Ann. Stat., sec. 4,585).

A public officer having in his charge a body required to be buried at public expense, shall deliver same to members of State or county medical society, etc., for anatomical study, unless claimed by relatives, or they do not consent to such disposal, or deceased requested to be buried, or was a stranger or traveller (S. & B. Ann. Stat., sec. 1,437).

WYOMING.

Coroner to hold inquest, etc. (Rev. Stat. [1899], secs. 1,173 et seq.).

And may order examination (Rev. Stat. (1899), sec. 1,182).

And to bury body, if unclaimed, at public expense, if necessary (Rev. Stat. [1899], sec. 1,180).

Unlawful disinterment of dead body is punishable by fine (Rev. Stat. [1899], sec. 4,983).

THE POWERS AND DUTIES

OF

CORONERS AND MEDICAL EXAMINERS. ·

THE CORONER AND HIS COURT; THE JURY
AND INQUEST; THE EFFECT OF THE

EVIDENCE AND VERDICT.

BY

AUGUST BECKER,

Of the Buffalo (N. Y.) Bar.

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