in this case, a surviving spouse sued the county coroner for removing her deceased husband's corneas w/o her consent. the court was faced with the issue of whether the spouse had been deprived of property w/o the due process of law.
the corner's office maintained that the dead body was not property, and therefore, the spouse had no property right to the corneas. the court of appearls refused to adopt the coroner's narrow interpretation.
the U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Brotherton Vs. Cleveland in 1991