Dead men don’t tell tales; in South Carolina, neither do their blood tests

When a coroner announced earlier this year that a USC Upstate student was drunk when he crashed and killed himself and three fellow student athletes, it felt like a little bit of sanity had been restored to our state’s public records law.

After all, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger received an opinion from the attorney general blessing his release of the information. 

But a closer look at that opinion reveals the law is just as crazy as it has been since the state Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that an autopsy is a “medical record” and therefore cannot be released to the public. Continue…