Coroner Defends Releasing Graphic Robin Williams Suicide Details (STATEMENT)

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By Shari Weiss

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The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is defending the press conference held on Tuesday in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.

As Gossip Cop reported, Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd described in graphic detail the condition in which Williams was found following his suicide.

The deeply personal information led many to wonder why it was being released.

In statement on Wednesday, Boyd said he didn’t have much choice.

“The Sheriff’s Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard yesterday may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered ‘public information’ and we are precluded from denying access to it. These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved.

Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press yesterday, but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams’ residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well. To date, we have received a staggering number of formal Public Act Requests to do so and we are required by law to make those disclosures within 10 days.

While we continue working with our County Counsel’s Office to determine if there might be an exemption in the Public Records Act that would allow us to withhold those tapes, my past experience has been that there is not and we will once again have to do what the law requires us to do.”

The full autopsy and toxicology reports are still pending.

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