Hearing Considers Autopsy Records

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the deadly 2007 Cheshire home invasion, wants Connecticut lawmakers to further tighten rules for the public release of certain autopsy records, but legislators are being told such information is already sealed from public disclosure.

Petit appeared Monday before the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee to testify in favor of a bill that would allow the parent or guardian of a murdered child to seal the autopsy reports from public release. He says it would be hurtful to families to see the autopsy photos and gruesome details from an autopsy report published someday on the Internet.

Lisa Fein-Siegel, counsel to the state’s Freedom of Information Commission, said the state Supreme Court has already determined that the public has no general right of access autopsy reports.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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