In yet another stunning twist into the investigation of Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas rampage, the Clark County coroner’s office is refusing to release the gunman’s autopsy; saying they won’t disclose the report until “ordered to” by a District Judge.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the coroner’s office has desperately fought to keep the official autopsy of Stephen Paddock’s body confidential, going so far as to pay out $32,000 in legal fees to fight those seeking to view the findings.
This week, a Las Vegas court ordered the Clark County office to release the records but has so far failed to comply; claiming they were waiting for the legal decision to be “finalized.”
“I don’t believe this is consistent with what the court ordered,” said an attorney on behalf of those seeking to view the report. “They have delayed this for too long, and whatever stage the coroner’s report on Paddock is in, it should be provided to the Review-Journal and Associated Press without further delay. No more games. Release the records.”
“(The judge) also rejected arguments by the coroner’s office that there were any privacy interests with regards to the autopsy of Stephen Paddock, let alone any that outweighed the strong presumption of access to records in Nevada,” added the lawyer.
The coroner’s decision to withhold the autopsy raises even more questions as speculation swirls surrounding the case. Local law enforcement have released little information regarding Paddock’s rampage; the worst mass shooting in American history.