Naomi Judd’s family files notice to dismiss lawsuit over death records

TENNESSEE — Naomi Judd’s family on Monday filed a notice to voluntarily dismiss a lawsuit over her death records.

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The notice was filed on Monday, according to The Associated Press. Judd’s family is now willing to dismiss the lawsuit, partly because the journalists who reportedly requested police records did not request photographs or footage from inside the house where Judd died.

The notice also said that a lawmaker will be introducing a bill that would make death investigation records private if it is not related to a crime, according to the AP.

The lawsuit had sought to block journalists from accessing police investigation records in relation to her death, according to the AP. Judd’s family had filed a petition in Williamson County Chancery Court back in August, hoping to seal her death records.

According to the AP, the petition said the records had video and audio interviews that police conducted with family members after Judd’s death. Releasing those files to the public would inflict “significant trauma and irreparable harm,” on the family, according to the petition.

A judge will have to approve the voluntary dismissal, according to the AP.

Judd died on April 30 at her Tennessee house. She was 76 years old. According to the AP, her daughter, Ashley Judd, previously said that her mother had killed herself. However, the family has said Judd died as a result of a battle with mental illness.

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