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Missouri bill would close graphic crime images

Monday, April 11, 2011 | 7:25 a.m. CDT; updated 10:33 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 11, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri lawmakers want graphic photos and videos from crime scenes to be exempt from the state's public records laws.

A House bill sponsored by Henry County Republican Scott Largent would make photos or videos closed records if they depict a person who has been decapitated or dismembered or if the genitals are exposed.

To view the images, a person would have to get written permission from the victim's family or a court order.

The law would not apply to lawyers who need the photos or video for the criminal defense of a client. The lawyers would be able to show the photos to their client and expert witnesses.

 


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Louis Schneebaum April 11, 2011 | 3:19 p.m.

Man, these guys worry about the least important things... Big shocker that it's a Repug. These are the kind of guys who bring forth bills that would 'Allow a pregnant mother to use a fully automatic machine gun if an alien attacked her belly', and other such genius matters of utmost importance.

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