Naomi Judd’s death investigation warrant overturned by Tennessee court

The court on Thursday reversed a ruling that ordered police to publicly disclose their investigation into the death of country singer Naomi Judd.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a decision that required police to publicly release their investigations The death of country singer Naomi Judd.

The state Supreme Court did not rule on whether the recordings could be released, but remanded the case to the lower court for another hearing. Judd’s family filed a petition in Williamson County Chancery Court in August, saying police records included video and audio interviews with relatives immediately after Judd’s death.

The release of such details would cause “significant trauma and irreparable harm” to the family, the petition said. It argued that the police investigation files fall under an exception to the state’s Public Records Act.

Williamson County Chancellor Joseph A. Woodruff ruled against the Judd family on Aug. 31, denying their request for an injunction to keep the records secret while they pursue their legal case. The records “do not appear to fall under any recognized exception to the Public Records Act,” Woodruff noted.

Additionally, the Chancellor ruled that certain records in the police file are public records, including body camera footage captured at Judd’s home. But the Tennessee Supreme Court questioned that part of the Chancellor’s order. The Supreme Court said Thursday that without a full hearing on the issue, Woodruff should not have decided which specific records are public and which are private.

The court reversed Woodruff’s earlier judgment and remanded the case to Chancery Court for a new hearing.

Judd died April 30 at her home in Tennessee at the age of 76. Her daughter Ashley has previously said that her mother killed herself and the family said she was lost to “the disease of insanity.”

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/entertainment-news/tennessee-court-reverses-naomi-judd-death-investigation-order/507-0e917a9e-b5e3-4473-9a3f-61ba56ae4a38 Naomi Judd’s death investigation warrant overturned by Tennessee court

Laura Coffey

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