Loughner opposes release of Ariz. victim autopsies

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Posted: Mar 02, 2011 2:20 PM
Loughner opposes release of Ariz. victim autopsies

Attorneys for the suspect in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage joined prosecutors in trying to bar the release of autopsy reports for the six people killed in the Jan. 8 attack.

Prosecutors say they are concerned that news stories about the documents could taint the jury pool. They also say the families of five of the victims objected to the release of the reports.

Loughner's attorneys say in a one-sentence filing Wednesday that they join prosecutors in opposing the release of the reports. But their filing doesn't provide any details of their position on the subject.

Prosecutors also are seeking to prevent Pima County's deputy chief medical examiner and his staff from talking to the media about the case.

Loughner is accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others.