Naomi Judd’s Family Files Notice to Dismiss Death Records Lawsuit

Naomi Judd's Family Files Notice
Naomi Judd's Family Files Notice

In August, the family file a petition to have police records and recordings from the investigating into the country singer’s death in April sealed.

The family of Naomi Judd has reportedly request that a lawsuit barring access to police investigation records surround her death be dismissed voluntarily.

In April, the family expressed concern in a petition that public access to the details of Naomi’s death would cause “significant and irreparable harm.” However, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday that they are willing to have it dismissed though it is still subject to approval.

According to the outlet, one of the reasons for the dismissal is that the journalists who requested the police records did not ask for photographs or bodycam footage from inside the home.

According to the Associated Press, the notice also mentions introducing a bill that aims to keep death investigations private as long as the death is not the result of a crime.

Naomi Judd’s Family; image from Yahoo finance

The family petitioned a Tennessee court in August to seal police reports also recordings from the investigation into the country legend’s death, which included interviews with the family after her death.

The Associated Press obtained the filing for the late musician’s husband, Larry Strickland and daughters, Ashley and Wynonna Judd.

Strickland stated in the petition that he was unaware that his interviews with police were being recorded and thus provided personal information.

Ashley was in “clinical shock, active trauma, also acute distress” following her mother’s death, according to the documents, and she did not want the recordings of the interviews made public.

The petition also stated that the family wished to prevent the release of Naomi’s medical records. Later that month, Ashley, 54, write a guest essay for The New York Times in which she revealed how the aftermath of her mother’s suicide compelled her to take legal action to protect grieving families from unwarranted intrusion into their private lives.

“The trauma of discovering also then holding her labouring body haunts my nights,” Ashley wrote about her mother’s death on April 30 in The New York Times, adding that it was “the most shattering day of my life.”

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