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The Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office recognizes the important role of the news media in reporting homicides, suicides, and other deaths considered to be "high profile". We are happy to provide you with as much information as we can within the framework of the laws that govern our activities.

Caution: Arizona Revised Statute 39-121.03 (A) provides: When a person requests copies, printouts or photographs of public records for a commercial purpose, the person shall provide a statement setting forth the commercial purpose for which the copies, printouts or photographs will be used. Upon being furnished the statement the custodian of such records may furnish reproductions, the charge for which shall include the following:

  • A portion of the cost to the public body for obtaining the original or copies of the documents, printouts or photographs.
  • A reasonable fee for the cost of time, materials, equipment and personnel in producing such reproduction.
  • The value of the reproduction on the commercial market as best determined by the public body.

Arizona Revised Statute 39-121.03 (C) provides: A person who obtains public records for a commercial purpose without indicating the commercial purpose or who obtains a public record for a non-commercial purpose and uses or knowingly allows the use of such public record for a commercial purpose or who obtains a public record for a commercial purpose and uses or knowingly allows the use of such public record for a different commercial purpose or who obtains a public record from anyone other than the custodian of such records and uses it for a commercial purpose shall in addition to other penalties be liable to the state or the political subdivision from which the public record was obtained for damages in the amount of three times the amount which would have been charged for the public record had the commercial purpose been stated plus costs and reasonable attorney's fees or shall be liable to the state or the political subdivision for the amount of three times the actual damages if It can be shown that the public records would not have been provided had the commercial purpose actual use been stated at the time of obtaining the records.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF PUBLIC RECORDS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES

 

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