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Court upholds speech rights of fired embalmer

The state’s highest court on Friday ruled that regulators violated an embalmer’s free speech rights when it stripped him of his license for making graphic comments in a newspaper article about his work with the bodies of cancer victims, babies, and overweight people.

Troy J. Schoeller’s license was revoked several years ago by the state board that regulates funeral directors and embalmers after it found that Schoeller’s comments in a 2006 Boston Phoenix article violated rules of conduct meant to protect “the integrity of the profession.”

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