Kansas man temporarily banned from conducting autopsies

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A Kansas man has been temporarily banned from conducting autopsies in the state following allegations he failed to conduct autopsies in accordance with state law.

A Shawnee County judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday that prohibits Shawn Parcells from conducting autopsies until a lawsuit alleging violations of Kansas’ consumer protections and false claims acts is resolved.

The Kansas City Star reports the state’s attorney general filed the lawsuit last week that claims Parcells conducted coroner-ordered autopsies for Wabaunsee County without a qualified pathologist, as required by state law.

The lawsuit alleges Parcells is a self-taught pathology assistant. It also claims Parcells billed the county for 14 autopsies that weren’t performed.

Parcells assisted in the 2014 autopsy of Michael Brown , an unarmed black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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