Morgue Photos

Prosecutor's letter puts damage request at $12 million

Families that sued Hamilton County after the bodies of relatives were photographed at the morgue without their permission are seeking 12 (m) million dollars. The amount sought for a settlement became public during a hearing on another matter in Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati. A letter written by the county prosecutor objected to county commissioners' plans to hire a private attorney in a dispute over the Cincinnati Bengals' stadium lease. It pointed out that this is the same attorney who is suing the county in the morgue case. The families' class-action lawsuit claims the county owes them damages because a photographer took photos of their relatives in the morgue as part of an "art project," posing the bodies with props, such as sea shells, doll house furniture and sheet music.