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Judge allows partial release of Amy Bishop inquest transcript

Huntsville Times via Associated Press

A Norfolk Superior Court judge has ruled that part of the transcript of the inquest into the 1986 shooting death of Amy Bishop’s brother should be made public, lawyers for the Boston Globe and Bishop said.

Larry Tipton, Bishop’s public defender, confirmed yesterday in an e-mail that the ruling had been issued and said he was reviewing the decision by Judge Kenneth Fishman to see if an appeal is warranted. Tipton has 10 days to file an appeal.

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Jonathan Albano, a lawyer for the Globe, said in an e-mail that he was informed the two-page ruling from Fishman releases large parts of the transcript of the inquest proceedings, but not the final inquest report.

The inquest into the shooting of Seth Bishop was launched after Amy Bishop allegedly shot and killed three co-workers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Feb. 12, 2010.

As law enforcement and reporters dug into her background, the Dec. 6, 1986, shooting death of her brother in the family’s home in Braintree - and the lack of a prosecution - came to light, leading to the inquest.

In December, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled in a case brought by the Globe that the records of the inquest can be made public, but only after the parties involved have a chance to request that they remain sealed for “good cause.’’

According to authorities, Bishop shot her 18-year-old brother with their father’s shotgun then fled the house and tried to commandeer a getaway car from an auto dealership at gunpoint. After she was apprehended, she said the shooting was an acciden. She was never charged.

In 2010, then-Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating sought the inquest and later obtained a first-degree murder charge against Bishop.

Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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