Chapter 92-5 LIMITED DISCLOSURE OF CRIME SCENE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS
Rule 92-5-.01 Rules of the Limited Disclosure and Viewing of Certain Crime Scene Photographs and Videos by Bona Fide members of the press
In order for a bona fide credentialed member of the press to view photographs or video of deceased persons who are dismembered, decapitated or mutilated or which include exposed genitalia of the deceased, the following procedure should be followed:
|1.||The member of the press requesting viewing must fill out an appropriate form to identify the case, victim, or suspect involved in the investigation so that the requested records can be accurately collected.|
|2.||The member of the press requesting viewing must agree to refrain from copying, duplicating, or distributing the photographic or video materials covered by these rules and the statute.|
|3.||Once such a request to view such materials has been received, the custodian of the materials shall provide the requested materials for viewing to the requestor immediately if the materials are readily available to the custodian or, if not, within a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed three business days. If the requested materials exist but are not available for viewing within three business days of the request, the custodian will provide the requestor within that period with a timetable for their viewing.|
|4.||Once a request to review such materials is received, the custodian of the materials shall attempt to contact the deceased person's known next of kin regarding the request to view the materials.|
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall be authorized to promulgate an appropriate form to carry out the intent of these rules, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 45-16-27(e).