Florida court sided with Bob Saget’s family, issuing order against authorities

From left to right: Aubrey Saget, Bob Saget, Kelly Rizzo, Lara Saget.

A Florida judge issued a temporary command Fourth, level By Bob Saget request by the family to block the release of investigative records on an urgent basis. The family of the late comedian and famous actor Danny Tanner above Happy homepay a litigation in Florida state court against the county government on Tuesday, seeking to block the release of records from the investigation into Saget’s sudden death last month in a Florida hotel room.

The lawsuit is not one in which the Saget family seeks restitution for any past wrongdoing. Instead, a precautionary stance is needed, asking the court to order an order against investigative authorities, asking them not to release records under an impending public records request.

Saget, 65, was found dead in his hotel room on January 9. Authorities subsequently launched an investigation into the woman’s circumstances. Happy home star death. Right after that, Dr. Joshua Stephanychief medical examiner for Orange and Osceola counties, speak that Saget’s death was an accident and was unrelated to drugs or alcohol. Saget’s family stated publicly that his death was caused by a head injury. After conducting an autopsy, Stephany prepared a report it is assumed that Saget’s death was caused by a blow to the head, writing “Most likely the deceased fell backwards and hit the back of the head.” Saget was also believed to have tested positive for COVID at the time of his death.

The plaintiff in the case is Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzoand Saget’s daughters, Aubrey Saget, Lara Sagetand Jennifer Saget. Their six-page complaint asks for an injunction barring the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Ninth District Medical Examiner’s Office from providing any videos, photographs or other records that may have been created or obtained. during the investigation surrounding the actor’s death.

The complaint alleges that “certain news or media outlets have filed or plan to submit requests for public records” and that certain records created during the investigation “describe by means of photographs.” pictures of Mr. Saget, his appearance, features or parts. ”

Under the law, plaintiffs are responsible for convincing the court that they would be irreparably harmed without an order protecting the confidentiality of the investigative record. The plaintiffs assert in their complaint that releasing the public records would expose them to “irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress. “.

Referee Vincent S. Chu agreed with Saget’s family in this preliminary stage of the proceedings, writing the following in a three-page order to issue an interim order:

In particular, the Court finds that Plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm in the form of mental pain, suffering and emotional distress if the requested interim order is not granted, that Plaintiffs have an apparent legitimate right or interest in Protected Records as a surviving spouse. and Mr. Saget’s children, that Plaintiffs would not have appropriate legal action if Protected Records were made public, and that the public interest is served by issuing an interim order to allow the Court to court has an appropriate opportunity to weigh Plaintiff’s legitimate private interests against the public’s request for disclosure.

What exactly is the feeling of suffering from not wanting to publish the death investigation file? Vanessa Bryantwidow of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and mother of Gianna Bryantclaims to have suffered in her ongoing litigation against LA County. In that case, the county admitted that graphic photos showing the scene of the helicopter crash that killed nine people were improperly shared among first responders. Vanessa Bryant sued for damages, arguing that although the photos were not made available to the public, she was mentally damaged when she learned highly personal images were in the wrong hands. permission.

A key difference between the cases is that it is Bryant’s responsibility to prove that her emotional distress was caused by improperly shared photos – a potentially difficult hurdle in which court claims The judgment shows what grief is caused by the photos and what is caused by the tragic loss of husband and daughter. In contrast, the Saget family’s lawsuit focuses on avoid, dodge the opposite effect of compensating for it. Thus, the plaintiffs argue that the harm of the hat could happen in the future without court intervention, not that it happened.

However, Saget’s plaintiffs had to deal with a significant hurdle in which they sought to indefinitely prevent the release of public records that were regularly, legally sought after by the press. The defendants only commented on this aspect of the lawsuit in an email to Law & Crime on Wednesday.

In response to Law & Crime’s request for comment, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said of the incident, “While we are sensitive to family concerns about privacy, that must be balanced.” with our commitment to transparency, compliance with the law, and the right to the public.”

Brian Bieberan attorney representing the Saget family, provided the following statement to Law & Crime Saturday by email: “The facts of the investigation should be made public, but these documents should be kept private out of respect. the dignity of Mr. Saget and his family. ”

“It’s very simple – from a human and legal standpoint – the Saget family’s privacy rights outweigh any public interest in disclosing this sensitive information,” Bieber continued.

In an email to Law & Crime Wednesday, the District 9 Medical Examiner’s office offered its condolences to the Saget family, but declined to comment further on the pending lawsuit.

Editor’s Note: This section has been updated from its original version to include comment from the Office of Medical Examiner.

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