As you’ll recall, earlier this month, a cold case officer from the Seattle Police Department re-examined Kurt Cobain’s death investigation in anticipation of its 20th anniversary. The officer found nothing to suggest Cobain’s death was anything but a suicide, but decided to develop and release 35 unseen photographs anyways, with the hope it would end all conspiracy theories. He now may be regretting that decision.
In a strange twist, one of those conspiracy theorists has filed a lawsuit against the department for not releasing said photos during the initial investigation. Richard Lee, an investigative journalist who believes Cobain was murdered in 1994, says the department is “characteristically uncooperative, dilatory, and non-compliant with his requests for records and information,” according to Seattle PI.
And believe it or not, Lee may have a case. In Washington state, the law requires that government agencies which fail to disclose releasable records pay $5 to $100 per day, per document, for the delay. In past cases, agencies have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for failing to respond to requests.
Lee, who is acting as his own attorney, is requesting a trial on “broad issues” related to police disclosures in the Cobain case. The city has yet to respond to Lee’s lawsuit.