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Earnhardt Pix

Phillip Davis reports that NASCAR fans are celebrating the Florida legislature's enactment of a law that makes autopsy photos exempt from public records laws unless a judge releases them. Similar efforts are under way in Georgia, North Carolina and other southern states, following a Florida newspaper's effort to obtain autopsy photos of NASCAR champion racer Dale Earnhardt, who died in a crash Feb. 18 at the Daytona 500. The newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, said it would challenge the new law as unconstitutional.

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