A judge ruled the public can see the updated Elijah McClain autopsy report — but there’s a catch

Colorado Public Radio: An Adams County district judge on Friday ordered the county coroner to give the public a copy of an amended autopsy report in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain.

But there is a catch.

District Court Judge Kyle Seedorf ruled that the report can be redacted to exclude new information that resulted from a grand jury investigation into McClain’s death — even if that means the entire contents of the amended report are blacked out. The judge gave the coroner seven days to produce the report.

“We’re all in a difficult spot,” Seedorf admitted, noting that it is rare for an autopsy report, normally considered a public record, to be altered by information from an otherwise secret grand jury investigation.

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