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Court Rules for Embalmer Who Used Crude Terms

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has sided with an embalmer who lost his license after graphic remarks he made about dead bodies were published in a newspaper.

Troy Schoeller’s license was revoked by a state board after the panel found he violated its code of conduct by talking about bodies in his care in an “unprofessional” manner.

Schoeller was quoted in The Boston Phoenix referring to the body of a baby as a “bearskin rug.” He also said he hated embalming fat people.

Schoeller argued that his constitutional right to free speech was violated by the board.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Friday found that the code of conduct prohibiting “unprofessional” or “undignified and salacious” comments is overboard and unconstitutional because it restricts a “substantial amount of protected speech.”

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