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Feb
14

SC Supreme Court to Rule on Public Autopsy Reports

Are autopsies medical records or public records?

South Carolina’s Supreme Court will begin grappling with that question when it hears a lawsuit by a Sumter County newspaper against the county’s coroner.

The Item newspaper wants the high court to toss out a lower court’s ruling that said autopsies do not have to be made public because they do not fall under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The coroner says autopsies should be considered medical records that are exempt from public view. The newspaper says autopsy reports are investigative tools, not medical records.

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