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Friday, March 12, 2010

Oklahoma Considers Withholding Information in Autopsy Reports

The Oklahoma House passed a bill that would amend the state's Open Records Act to allow the Office of Chief Medical Examiner to withhold certain information in an autopsy report when the manner of death is homicide, unknown or pending. Under the proposed measure, only when the information is available in court proceedings would the information become public.

The Oklahoma Press Association favors a measure that would balance law enforcement's need for time to investigate matters with the access to information for accurate reports in the media.

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