Morgue Photos

Summary trial today to aid in settlement negotiations

Lawyers in a civil suit over claims Hamilton County negligently allowed the taking of photos of bodies in the morgue hope a summary trial today will lead to a settlement. Nonbinding summary jury trials are used as a way to give the parties involved an idea of how an actual trial might unfold. They are much shorter than real trials and involve no witness testimony. The jury hears selected evidence and then makes a decision, including a damage award, which can then be used by the parties involved to aid in settlement negotiations. The case revolves around dozens of families that are suing the county for allowing a Cincinnati man to take posed photographs of their loved ones in the morgue four years ago.

Thomas Condon, who photographed bodies posed with sea shells, doll house furniture and other props, was later convicted of gross abuse of a corpse.