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Updated Mar 4, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Arizona House OKs limiting access to autopsy photos

PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that
would ban the release of autopsy photos without a court order.

House Bill 2225 was sponsored by Rep. Karen Fann of Prescott. She proposed the
bill after the Yavapai County Medical Examiner and the sheriff’s office refused
to release photos of the autopsies of 19 firefighters killed in June fighting
the Yarnell Hill fire.

Some news organizations sued but eventually dropped the case. An attorney who
represents those organizations worked with Fann to craft the bill.

The House voted 55-1 on Tuesday to approve Fann’s bill. It now goes to the
Senate for action.

Prosecutors, law enforcement, surviving loved ones, representatives of the
estate of the deceased, and research universities would be permitted to obtain
autopsy photos.

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