For now, a Seattle judge has sided with the family of Kurt Cobain in opposing a records request, but that may change in the near future. The request for explicit police photographs of the scene of Kurt Cobain’s death, which has been actively opposed by both Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, has been denied, but not for the graphic nature of Cobain’s death.
The request for the Cobain photos comes from Richard Lee, who runs a show on public television entitled Now See It Person To Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered.
Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle denied the request based on procedural missteps, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Doyle ruled that Lee rushed through several steps in the process without giving city officials sufficient time to respond. First, Lee submitted his request for photos and records related to the Cobain death scene and submitted his lawsuit without waiting a reasonable period between the two actions. Secondly, Judge Doyle contends that Lee erred by missing several steps in the filing of the lawsuit.
Mr. Lee sees this as a mere setback in his quest to obtain the records related to Kurt Cobain’s death. He said he will submit another request for the Cobain records, and if he isn’t satisfied with the city’s response, he will file a second lawsuit.
While the King County Medical Examiner’s Office has established that Kurt was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head in the Cobain home on Lake Washington Boulevard East on April 8, 1994, Lee has spent the intervening years trying to prove that Kurt was murdered and that Cobain’s death was the result of a government conspiracy.
Lee’s contention is that the release of the photos would prove that Kurt Cobain did not die of a gunshot wound. Additionally, four previously undeveloped rolls of 35mm film from the 1994 crime scene were revealed and examined by the Seattle police department. The police responded to the new items by stating that they contained nothing compelling enough to reopen the case. While a few photos were released to the public, most of them were kept private, including an image of Kurt Cobain’s shotgun wound.
“I have had to cope with many personal issues because of my father’s death. Coping with even the possibility that those photographs could be made public is very difficult,” Frances Bean Cobain wrote in a statement. “Further sensationalising it through the release of these pictures would cause us indescribable pain.”
[Featured image: Kurt Cobain courtesy of www.biography.com]