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SC Supreme Court to hear FOIA appeal

SUMTER (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear an appeal by The Item of Sumter’s parent company over the release of a 2010 autopsy.

The Item reported Thursday that the lawsuit involves the autopsy of 25-year-old Aaron Leon Jacobs, who was shot in the back by officers investigating a carjacking. At issue is whether the autopsy records should be made available under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The hearing is set for Feb. 5. Lawyers for Osteen Publishing Co. and Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock are to present their arguments.

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman ruled last July that Bullock was not required under the Freedom of Information law to release the report. Bullock says the report is a medical record and therefore protected from public release.

 

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