Judge Halts Release of Documents On Bob Saget’s Death

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The death of many Millennials’ favorite TV dad, Bob Saget, continues to get more bizarre. On January 9, 2022, Bob Saget died at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida. According to Saget’s family, the tv star bumped his head on something and went to sleep thinking it was no big deal. However, Dr. Joshua Stephany, the chief medical examiner that oversaw Saget’s autopsy, stated that Saget’s head trauma was extremely serious and not an injury that can be just shrugged off.

Dr. Gavin Britza, neurosurgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital, stated that someone who has injuries like Saget’s usually come from fatal blows, like a baseball bat hitting the skull. His family’s comments stating that he just “bumped his head” are far different than doctors who are comparing the “bump” to someone being struck with a baseball bat.

Well, now Saget’s wife filed a lawsuit against the Orange County medical examiner’s office to prevent any documents regarding Saget’s death to be released to the public. A Florida judge has heeded the lawsuit and has now ordered a temporary injunction be placed in order to prevent any more documents regarding Saget’s death to be released to the general public.

ABC News reported more details on the lawsuit:

“Plaintiffs will suffer irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress if Defendants release the Records in response to public records requests or otherwise disseminate the Records for any other reason or purpose,” the lawsuit stated.

The family’s complaint contends that media outlets have filed or plan to file public records requests seeking the release of the records and argues that no “legitimate public interest would be served” by their release.

Citing “legitimate privacy interests,” the family is seeking to block the release of the records to the public, and that they only be released to his spouse and daughters.

Circuit Court Judge Vincent Chiu issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the county sheriff and health examiner’s offices from disclosing any of Saget’s death records. The order will be in force until a later court judgment on the family’s motion is issued.
The judge determined that the relatives do have a solid legal right in the record-keeping and that the public interest is represented by the entry of a temporary injunction to allow the Court adequate chance to weigh Plaintiffs’ valid legitimate expectation of privacy against the public’s claim for disclosure, Chiu wrote in his order.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that although it is “sensitive” to privacy concerns, “which must be weighed with our dedication to openness, legal compliance, and the citizenry’s right to know.”

Orange County’s medical examiner’s office stated in a statement that it had no comment on the lawsuit and that it “continues to extend our sympathies to the family and loved ones of Bob Saget”. Saget performed the night before his death at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Florida. Per a police statement, he was discovered unconscious in his apartment at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando “in a flat posture on his mattress”.

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