Sgro & Roger
Tony Sgro fights for Family Privacy Rights in Light of Tragedy
Updated: Apr 16, 2018
Partner Tony Sgro argues against the release of off-duty, Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield's autopsy record's in court against newspaper’s attorney, Maggie McLetchie. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was maintaining copies of the October 1st autopsy reports of shooting victim Charleston Hartfield and received an order from Judge Richard Scotti to destroy the records in question.
Out of the 58 different released autopsy reports, ordered by another lawsuit to be made public, Hatfield’s will now remain private. “They can report all they want on the happenings of the event so long as they don’t trample on the privacy rights of individuals.” Sgro said.
The opposing attorney disagreed, the LVRJ contended that, because of tragedy, transparency is more important but regardless, Scotti’s decision remained.
Mr. Sgro, in this case, indicated that the personal privacy of the Hartfield family in light of the tragedy is more important than ever.
After the courtroom victory, the scene ended with the follow, reported by the Review Journal:
"Veronica Hartfield wiped away tears as District Judge Richard Scotti ordered the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Associated Press to destroy all copies of her husband’s autopsy report.
Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, was killed in the Oct. 1 mass shooting.
More than two dozen people were seated in the courtroom to support the widow throughout the hearing. When it ended, they briefly cheered and clapped, and many took turns hugging her."