Wednesday, November 4, 2015

No decision yet in suit for tapes on Hot Springs child death call

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Special Circuit Judge Sam Bird heard arguments today in Matt Campbell's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit attempting to force the Hot Springs police to turn over tapes of 911 calls about the death of 18-month-old Thomas Naramore, who died of heat-related causes in July. His father, Judge Wade Naramore made one call to 911 from his car and apparently at least one other call was made by someone else.

The death — said by the family to be accidental — remains under investigation by a special prosecutor. Hot Springs police have refused requests to provide the 911 calls because Special Prosecutor Scott Ellington has said it's part of his investigation. Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer and author of the Blue Hog Report blog, has argued there's nothing investigative about the nature of the calls.

Bird was appointed to hear the case because all local judges recused. He said he'd review the tapes and law and hoped to have a decision by tomorrow, according to media accounts from the courtroom.

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