The Supreme Court ruled today that the federal government is not required to release photos from the suicide of former White House lawyer Vincent Foster. The Associated Press says the unanimous decision makes it more difficult to use a public records law to access law enforcement records. Justices said the privacy rights of survivors outweigh the benefits of releasing some photographs.
A California attorney sought the pictures, saying they might prove that Foster was murdered as part of a White House cover-up. “Family members have a personal stake in honoring and mourning their dead and objecting to unwarranted public exploitation that, by intruding upon their own grief, tends to degrade the rites and respect they seek to accord to the deceased person who was once their own,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote.