Naomi Judd’s family have filed a motion with the court to seal police reports and records from her death investigation.
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According The Associated Pressthe family filed the motion requesting that records containing video or audio interviews with Naomi’s loved ones in the aftermath of her death not be released.
The petition was filed by her husband, Larry Strickland and daughters, Ashley and Wynonna Judd, according to the AP.
The petition, obtained by the AP by a representative and with permission from Naomi’s family, said she died on April 30 at her home in Tennessee. Previously, her daughter Ashley said Naomi killed her and the family said “she was lost to ‘mental illness’.
The court ruling also included details of how Ashley found her mother alive after shooting herself, according to the PA. He also said Ashley stayed with her mother for about 30 minutes until first responders arrived.
The motion asked the court “to enjoin the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office from releasing the records for several reasons, including that the release would include his medical records and that the family has a right to privacy.” the AP reported.
The Tennessee Public Records Act authorizes the release of law enforcement records. According the APthe police have discretion to retain records if an investigation is ongoing, but once it is closed this no longer applies.
Both Strickland and Ashley provided statements outlining their concerns about the records, including being unaware that law enforcement was recording their interviews containing private information, said the PA. Ashley also said she was experiencing ‘active trauma’ when speaking with police and believes it couldn’t go away.
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