Bill Aims to Close Graphic Crime Images

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — 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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Crime scene photos bill is HB883
Online: http://moga.mo.gov

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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