Lawmaker proposes to seal some autopsy information

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Jackson lawmaker wants to change state law to specify that toxicology reports and some other information from autopsies should remain confidential unless a judge orders it released.

Jackson Republican Rep. Keith Gingery is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He says some county coroners currently don't release any autopsy information while others release all of it.

Gingery's bill would require coroners to release a report called a verdict listing the person's cause of death. Anyone other than close relatives interested in more information would have to get permission from a judge.

Jim Angell is executive director of the Wyoming Press Association. He says the bill would generally codify the existing practices of most coroners in the state.