The Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, represented by Ballard Spahr attorney Steven Zansberg, are planning to oppose the latest efforts to seal autopsy reports from the Christopher Watts case.

This follows an earlier motion filed by Weld County District Attorney Michael Rouke, which requested that the court give the coroner the power to deny Colorado Open Records Act requests for these particular autopsy reports. Mr. Rourke's motion claims that the autopsies contain "critical evidence" and should not be released to the public because it could taint potential jurors and/or witnesses. However, Mr. Zansberg argued that Mr. Rourke's justification for the sealing of the records "does not meet the burden of substantial injury to the public." Mr. Zansberg said on behalf of the media outlets that, "they still plan to oppose the new petition to seal the autopsies, now filed by the Weld County Coroner's Office."

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