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Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Privacy rules get in bombing victims’ way

Kenneth Feinberg wants nothing more than to provide a measure of justice for people harmed by the nation’s worst tragedies. But the excessive weight of privacy rules placed on health care providers and public officials makes it difficult for Feinberg, the administrator of the One Fund Boston, to do his job. Luckily, he isn’t the sensitive type.

The Brockton native speaks bluntly about his portfolio: the dead and wounded in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks; the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech; last year’s killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.; and last month’s bombing of the Boston Marathon. Still, in its darkest hours, the nation turns repeatedly to the 67-year-old Washington-based attorney and mediator — because he focuses singlemindedly on getting justice for victims and their families. Feinberg was the obvious choice to run the One Fund, the major charity designated to help the victims of the April 15 Marathon bombings.

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