Death of Clifton Earl Walker, February 28, 1964

Benjamin Greenberg filed this request with the Mississippi State Department of Health of Mississippi.
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Rejected

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From: Benjamin Greenberg

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Mississippi's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following documents:

All documents relating to the February 28, 1964 shooting death of Clifton Earl Walker near Woodville, Mississippi—including but not limited to: death certificate; autopsy report; coroner's report; autopsy photos; crime scene photos; toxicology reports; records of physical evidence; records of personal effects; police reports; ballistics reports; correspondence with other local, state and federal offices and agencies.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Greenberg

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Fagan, Bob

Dear Mr. Greenberg:
I apologize that there has not been an earlier response. We have checked our records and apparently did not receive (or at least I did not know of) your August 28 request. The type of information you have requested, death certificate, in accordance with our state law and Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) rules and regulations are not public records, deemed confidential, and can only be released under a court order of competent jurisdiction or to applicants who are the immediate family or person with a 'legitimate and tangible interest' (spouse, parents, siblings, children, or grandchildren, registrant's legal guardian or their legal representative). The MSDH does not possess or house any of the other types of information or reports listed in your request. If I may be of further assistance or direction please do not hesitate to write me back.

Robert E. (Bob) Fagan, Jr.
Chief Legal Counsel, MSDH
Assistant Attorney General, State of MS

From: Benjamin Greenberg

Dear Mr. Fagan,

Thank you for your reply. Knowing the Walker family, I have reason to believe they would want to request the death certificate themselves. What would be the appropriate procedure for one of Mr. Walker's children to follow if they themselves would like to request the death certificate?

Ben Greenberg

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Fagan, Bob

Dear Mr. Greenberg:
In follow up to your correspondence and mine - Mr. Walker's children can apply to receive a certified death certificate by doing so with the Bureau of Vital Records. Instructions on how to do this are available at the Mississippi State Department of Health website (www.healthyms.com) or by calling in directly and arranging to do so via U.S. mail. I hope this provides the additional information you need. Bob Fagan

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