Winn Parish Coroner's Log (2010- 2016)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Winn Parish Medical Examiner and Coroner of Winn County, LA.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all available logs or reports recording all deaths handled by this office from the January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2016.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton


Dear Ms Lipton:
This email is to advise you that I represent the Winn Parish Coroner’s Office.
Your recent attempt to make a public records request by email was sent to me for response.
After due and diligent search and review of your request as written, there are no records which
satisfy your request as written for the following reasons:
1) While a corporation may file a public records request, it is the policy of the Winn Parish Coroner
to verify IN ALL REQUESTS that the person making the request is over the age of majority as required
by Louisiana law.  LSA R.S. 44:31 (B) (1).  Your request contained no way to verify the age of the requestor.
2) Even if you supplied a photo ID necessary to establish age of majority as required by law, the records of the
Winn Parish Coroner are recorded by last name, not place of death.  As inmates may die in prison, or in a hospital
or on medical release due to age or sickness, or die upon release in general,  there is no way to respond to your request as written as inmate
status could not be verified on any particular autopsy.  Thus, your request is too vague for a response.
3)  E mail requests are not specifically authorized by Louisiana Law.  In addition to the above deficiencies, a public records
request in Louisiana is made in person or by letter on letterhead establishing that the corporation and person making the
actual request is over the age of majority.
4)  Finally, your citation of three days to respond applies by law to walk in requests.  Louisiana law grants a reasonable time to respond
to letter requests.  FOSTER V KEM, 94-1128 (LA APP 1ST CIR 6/23/95)
For the above reasons, there are no records which satisfy your request as written.
(504) 382-0423 (tel:%28504%29%20382-0423) CELL


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