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Scott Family Not Allowed to View Coroner's Evidence

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LAS VEGAS -- According to a letter sent from the Clark County Courts to the family attorney of Erik Scott, the man shot by police outside a Summerlin Costco, the family will not be allowed to view the evidence to be used at the coroner's inquest before the proceeding.

In the letter, Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino says county code does not "contain any language that would enable inspection of evidence before the time of the inquest."

Read the letter sent to Attorney Ross Goodman

The Scott family filed a motion with the court to allow a representative to view the police evidence before the inquest to better prepare for questioning of witnesses.

Scott was shot and killed by police while walking out of a Summerlin Costco. Police were called by Costco employees who said he was acting erratically in the store and had a gun.

Goodman, meanwhile, said in a statement, "The failure of the presiding officer to respond to the motion granting the victim's family access to the same evidence gathered by Metro and the District Attorney's Office over the last several months proves that this ONE SIDED process is nothing more than a rubber stamp to clear officers of any responsibility in the arena of public opinion.

Absent judicial intervention, Metro and the District Attorney's Office are free to present the police version unfettered by any judicial scrutiny guaranteeing another justifiable finding based on reckless conduct.  Unfortunately, the Erik B. Scott inquest will serve as nothing more than BAD reality TV at taxpayer's expense."

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