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Delaware AG: Autopsy Records an Open-Shut Case

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The Delaware Attorney General’s Office says that although autopsy records are public information, findings on the cause and manner of death can be withheld on the basis of privacy. The unusual position was offered in a footnote in brief filed in a suit on a medical examiner’s refusal to release information on the death of a man found dead in a car fire. The AG’s office said the law declaring the information public should not be overturned, but added that officials aren’t required to release the information. (9/15/05)