Attorney Accuses NASCAR Of Wrongdoing

The Associated Press has reported that an attorney for a Florida student newspaper - seeking access to the autopsy photos of Dale Earnhardt - suggested NASCAR might have convinced Earnhardt's widow to have the photos sealed to protect itself against a wrongful death lawsuit.

The attorney, Tom Julin, also argued that legislation passed last week restricting public access to all autopsy photos is unconstitutional and can't be applied retroactively to the Earnhardt case.

"These circumstances strongly suggest that NASCAR, motivated by its own fear of a lawsuit for wrongful death... urged Teresa Earnhardt to file this suit to seal the photographs at issue because of what they might reveal," Julin said in a memorandum filed in a Volusia County (Fla.) Circuit Court.

NASCAR spokesman John Griffin said in AP's report that he wasn't aware if his company played a role in Teresa Earnhardt's decision. Her attorney, Thom Rumberger, strongly denied NASCAR influenced her decision.

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