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Ruling upholds judge's cremation order over mother's wishes

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 18:01:31-05

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appellate court ruling upholds a probate judge's order for cremation of a man's remains over the wishes of his mother.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruling Thursday in a Pima County case cites testimony by the man's father and girlfriend that he wanted his remains to be cremated.

His mother objected, saying that went against her religious preferences and that she wanted him buried.

The Court of Appeals ruling says the conflict between the parents as decision-makers identified under state law left it up to the probate judge to resolve the dispute.

The ruling also says state law didn't require the probate judge to put the mother's religious preferences over her son's wishes.