Judge Denies Puerto Rico’s Request to Delay Records Release
PUERTO RICO'S GOVERNMENT FORCED TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS RELATED TO HURRICANE MARIA'S DEATH TOLL ON THE ISLAND TO MEDIA
(CNN) – Death records from hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico must be released to the press Tuesday, according to a new court document.
The Puerto Rican government filed a motion Monday to delay the release of death certificates, but it was overruled in court.
This less than a month after Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN there would be quote ‘hell to pay’ if documents are withheld.
Starting Tuesday, the documents will be released to CNN and the center for investigative journalism.
The two organizations sued for their release in February after evidence suggested the death toll was much higher than officials report.
The Puerto Rican government sited logistical difficulties, budget cuts, and personnel shortages in their motion to delay.