State Turns Down USF Request to Exhume Bodies
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A state agency is turning down a request from researchers at the University of South Florida who want to exhume human remains at a now-defunct Panhandle reform school.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner told USF researchers on Monday the state does not have legal authority to grant the request, even though the land in Marianna is state-owned. Detzner reports to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson criticized the decision and called it a "classic run-around."
Earlier this year, a circuit judge rejected a request from Attorney General Pam Bondi to exhume bodies from "Boot Hill Cemetery" and surrounding areas. It is believed there may be unmarked graves and unaccounted bodies of boys who died.
The school is formally known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.State turns down USF request to exhume bodies
- A Grave Situation - Part Three
- A Century of Pain, Former Dozier Student Speaks Up
- USF Student Veteran Honored By National Group
- Bill Could Ban Employers From Requesting Employees' Social Media Passwords
- Pennsylvania High Court Denies Sandusky Delay Request
- Gov. Scott Requests Disaster Declaration for Panhandle
- Death row inmate Wayne Doty's request for electric chair is pushed back
- Governor Scott Urges State Universities to Turn Down Tuition Increase
- Hillary Clinton turns down movie role
- A Grave Situation - Part One