Judge: Rights not absolute

July 3, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A judge Wednesday upheld a Florida law restricting public access to autopsy photos that was being challenged by several newspapers.

The law was passed in March 2001 after the death of race car driver Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in a crash in the final lap of last year's Daytona 500.

"The right to privacy, the right to freedom of press and speech, the right of the people to have access to public records and the right to be left alone are important ...

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