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Tuesday, May 15
Hearing set for June 11
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The widow of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt can be questioned about her motives for wanting the autopsy photos of her late husband sealed, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Attorneys for a student newspaper trying to get access to the photos will ask Teresa Earnhardt if NASCAR played a role in her decision to get the photos temporarily sealed.

Tom Julin, an attorney for The Independent Florida Alligator, said he wants to question whether Mrs. Earnhardt had conversations with NASCAR president Mike Helton about the photos between the time of Earnhardt's death and when the photos were sealed four days later.

Attorneys for Mrs. Earnhardt objected to that line of questioning.

"This is not relevant," said Skip Eubanks, an Earnhardt attorney. "Mrs. Earnhardt was pure in her request. It's just not relevant."

A hearing is scheduled for June 11. It will also allow a judge to decide the constitutionality of the new state law restricting access to autopsy photos.

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