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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