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S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling
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Let’s make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they’re trying to kill it. OK, perhaps I’m being a bit too harsh, but last week’s 4-1 ruling concluding that autopsy reports are medical records exempt from the FOIA sure feels like another nail in the open government coffin. On June 30, I wrote that the state Supreme Court’s ruling on meeting agendas was wrong in that it leaves open the possibility of public bodies never publishing an agenda ever again.