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UPDATE: Judge rules 1 October victim's autopsy report to be returned

Posted at 2:10 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 20:58:03-05

UPDATE FEB. 9: Judge Richard Scotti ruled in favor of Veronica Hartfield. He ordered the dissemination of her husband's autopsy records to be stopped. 

Scotti clarified his order only referred to Hartfield's case concerning her husband Charleston and not the other 57 victims of the 1 October shooting.  

Anthony Sgro, a lawyer for Veronica Hartfield, argued that she was not officially notified her late husband's autopsy was going to be released. 

A lawyer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Maggie McLetchie, argued that they don't want courts in the business of telling newspapers what they can and cannot say. 


LAS VEGAS (AP) - The widow of a Las Vegas police officer killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history wants a Nevada judge to block media reports about redacted autopsy records made public last week about the 58 victims.

Clark County District Court Judge Richard Scotto plans a Feb. 12 hearing on a filing by lawyers for Veronica Hartfield about documents released last Wednesday under a media public records lawsuit.

Hartfield's attorney, Tony Sgro, didn't immediately respond Monday to messages.

He argues the records are confidential and protected health information under federal law.

Attorneys for media including The Associated Press argue that once personal identifiers are redacted, claims to privacy no longer apply.

The released documents black-out the case numbers, names, ages, hometowns and racial characteristics of victims of the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Records relating to the shooter, Stephen Paddock, weren't made public.