Nevada judge blocks further media reports on Officer Charleston Hartfield's autopsy

A Nevada judge listened to arguments in court on Feb. 9, 2018. (LasVegasCourts/Twitter)

A Nevada judge ruled in favor of a widow of a Las Vegas police officer killed during 1 October who sought to block media reports about redacted autopsy records that were made public.

[RELATED: Las Vegas officer's wife asks judge to block 1 October autopsy reports]

Hartfield's attorney Anthony Sgro argued that records are confidential and protected health information under federal law.

Attorney #AnthonySgro citing privacy cases including a Kennedy case & case involving astronauts as grounds for suit Veronica Hartfield v CC Coroner case underway before #JudgeRichardScotti in 11B to stop dissemination of her husband's autopsy— M Price (@LasVegasCourts) February 9, 2018

However, attorneys for the media argued that once personal identifiers were redacted, the privacy claims no longer applied.

Sgro noted in court on Friday that Hartfield was not officially notified that her late husband's autopsy was being released.

The counsel for the media argued the court should not be in the business of telling newspapers what to say.

#MaggieMcLetchie counsel for media presents: We don't want courts in the business of telling newspapers what they can & cannot say - hearing Veronica Hartfield v CC Coroner underway w #JudgeRichardScotti to stop dissemination of Officer Hartfield's autopsy #1October— M Price (@LasVegasCourts) February 9, 2018

Judge Richard Scotti ruled in favor of Hartfield. However, the ruling only applied to

Charleston Hartfield's

records and not other victims. The ruling barred the media from further reporting the details of his autopsy.

The Attorney for the Associated Press said the news cooperative would immediately appeal the ruling.

The released autopsy records redacted case numbers, names, ages, hometowns, and racial characteristics of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Records related to the shooter, Stephen Paddock, have not been released.

Copyright 2018 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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