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Arizona bill would limit access to autopsy photos

PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker wants to ensure autopsy photos and videos
can only be released with a superior court judge’s approval.

State Rep. Karen Fann, a Republican from Prescott, is proposing legislation
that would have a judge review sensitive images such as pictures, x-rays and
digital photos from autopsies before they are released.

Fann says the bill stems from county medical examiners concerned about getting
embroiled in legal action by anyone seeking the images.

Fann says the bill, which she introduced Thursday, has already gained
bipartisan support.

The Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office was named in a lawsuit last
September in which The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV sought investigative
records, but not photos of remains, in the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19

Both outlets have since dismissed the lawsuit.


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