February 09, 2018 12:25 PM
The Carver County Attorney's Office says it will oppose a motion filed by attorneys on behalf of Prince's six siblings seeking access to investigative files relating to the death of the music icon in April 2016.
The motion, filed Wednesday, seeks to force the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office to hand over all investigative files in the matter.
The family tried obtaining the files through a public records request, but the office refused, citing a still-open criminal investigation.
The siblings say the information is needed so they can determine whether to commence a wrongful death lawsuit in the matter. In Minnesota, the statute of limitations in which to do so is three years.
In a release Friday, the Carver County Attorney's Office said it would object to the motion because the joint federal and state criminal investigation remains ongoing.
"First, because law enforcement data collected by the Carver County Sheriff's Office remains under active investigation, the data is classified as confidential data," the release states. "The confidential law enforcement data remains confidential until the Carver County Attorney makes the decision to charge or decline any criminal charge.
"Second, with respect to the medical examiner data, since the Carver County Attorney cannot presently determine that release would not impede the ongoing investigation, that data remains legally classified as private or nonpublic. Once the investigation is considered closed by the Carver County Attorney's Office, data may be released to legal next of kin."
Updated: February 09, 2018 12:25 PM
Created: February 09, 2018 12:19 PM
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