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MindFreedom Virginia Files Freedom of Information Act Request

The press reports that the Virginia Medical Examiner's office has announced they will refuse to release results of Cho's toxicology and autopsy reports. On 2 May MindFreedom Virginia filed a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia to require the disclosure of this information. MindFreedom Virginia has also filed an identical request under the US Federal Freedom of Information Act.

From:

MindFreedom Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

To:

Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Marcella F. Fierro

400 East Jackson Street
Richmond, Va. 23219-3694
(804) 786-3174

Dear Dr. Fierro:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I request that you send to me for review the toxicology report, the autopsy findings and any other similar findings from the Medical Examiners office regarding Seung-Hui Cho.  Specifically I request that you send me those documents referring to any legal or illegal drugs that were in his system at the time of his death.

The public has a right to know whether or not Mr. Cho was on any legal or illegal drugs at the time the criminal acts attributed to him were committed. If you do not release the documents I am requesting, civil actions will be taken to secure the release of those documents.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

MindFreedom Virginia


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