Although no one may be sure whether there’s life after death, one thing can be said: some legal statutes still apply to you, even after you’ve passed away.
Don’t believe it? Here are just a few such weird laws our legislative history research was able to find.
In Delaware, You Cannot Sell Illegally Removed Human Remains.
There’s a rumor floating around online that Delaware has a legal statute expressly forbidding the sale of a corpse for money without a license. This, however, is not true, but there is a legal statute in Delaware that makes it illegal to trade in “unlawfully removed human remains.” It does not, however, apply to licensed morticians or other professionals who have to work with human remains.
In New York, You Can Be Capitally Punished For Jumping Off of a Building.
In New York, the penalty for jumping off of a building is death, which isn’t the most redundant legal statute in history, but it’s probably pretty high on the list. Besides, if someone does manage to survive jumping off of a building, why not help them instead? Why make a law with the legislative intent to punish them? They were either running away from something, and could use some help dealing with it.
In Georgia, It’s Illegal to Swear in Front of a Dead Body.
Believe it or not, there’s a legal statute in Georgia making it illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body that’s laying in a funeral home or in a coroner’s office. What’s most weird about this legal statute, though, is perhaps the fact that it doesn’t really say anything about swearing in front of a corpse anywhere else. So if you have something to hotly get off your chest, better wait until the person’s body is somewhere where you can legally let it all out.
Who would have thought that there would be so many dark, weird laws out there? If you know of any other strange legal statutes from your own law research, feel free to share them in the comments.