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Should the Autopsies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Be Kept Under Wraps?



For some reason(s), Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk believes that the autopsy reports of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which are public records, should not be released.

The Associated Press, one of the media organizations that requested the documents, reports that Polk's response claimed the privacy interests of the Hotshots' families override the public interest of the documents.

Autopsy reports are usually released to media outlets without anyone batting an eye, and it's unclear why the county believes that these autopsies, as well as photos of the scene, need to be kept from the public.

Maybe there's something to hide in there? No one will ever know, without a court order.

Here's our question this morning: Should these records be kept from the public?

Cast your vote below:


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