Wednesday, April 20, 2005

'on the living and the dead'

If you mess with a body, the deed will haunt you. This is not poetic wisdom; it is a thought present in both houses of the Legislature, where some members want the law to do the haunting:

This week, House criminal jurisprudence left pending a bill that would expand definitions of and raise criminal penalties for desecrating a corpse. The outline of juvenile probationary conditions for corpse abuse would be a useful addition to the books, in view of how many Texas kids regularly crouch behind rusty gates to practice resurrections.

And the Senate has placed on its intent calendar SCR 14, which would allow families whose relatives' ashes were lost to sue the University of Texas Medical Branch over its willed-body scandal. State immunity kept these people from a fair chance in court.