Prince's Siblings File Suit to Gain Access to Criminal Files

February 08, 2018 06:15 PM

Prince’s six siblings say they are running out of time.

As the clock ticks down to the two-year anniversary of the music legend's death, another clock is ticking down on the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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In Minnesota, the window is three years.

“The issue is not how he died, that’s been made public - the issue is who supplied him the drugs that killed him,” said Sharon Sandeen of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

“In effect, they don’t know who to sue.”

On Wednesday, the attorney representing six of Prince’s siblings filed a lawsuit trying to force the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Ramsey County and the Medical Examiner’s office to hand over all investigative files in the matter.

The family tried getting them through a public records request, but the office refused, citing an open criminal investigation.

Sources tell KSTP the criminal investigation could be wrapping up in a matter of weeks.

“What's really going on here is the Carver County investigators are correct in not producing it, but in order to get access to it, the Prince estate had to ask the court for access to it. And they've said if you give us access to it, we promise to keep in secret,” Sandeen said.

She added the main concern for investigators will be possible leaks if they’re not done investigating yet.

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Files that get out in public could jeopardize a criminal case. Any attorney representing the family would not say who they might sue, if they decided to sue at all.

They could do this without access to the criminal files, but it would be more difficult. The Carver County Attorney declined to comment.    

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