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Widow wants block on media use of Oct. 1 shooting autopsies

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Steve Marcus

The “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign is surrounded by flowers and items, left after the Oct. 1 mass shooting, in Las Vegas Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Updated Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 | 2:35 p.m.

The widow of a Las Vegas police officer killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history wants a Nevada judge to block media reports about redacted autopsy records made public last week about the 58 victims.

Clark County District Court Judge Richard Scotto plans a Feb. 12 hearing on a filing by lawyers for Veronica Hartfield about documents released last Wednesday under a media public records lawsuit.

Hartfield's attorney, Tony Sgro, didn't immediately respond Monday to messages.

He argues the records are confidential and protected health information under federal law.

Attorneys for media including The Associated Press argue that once personal identifiers are redacted, claims to privacy no longer apply.

The released documents black out the case numbers, names, ages, hometowns and racial characteristics of victims of the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Records relating to the shooter, Stephen Paddock, weren't made public.