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Lawsuit prompts Pentagon release of returning coffin photos

[JURIST] The Pentagon has released 32 new or recently uncensored images of the coffins of US soldiers and agreed to quickly fulfill any future Freedom of Information Act [US DOJ backgrounder] requests for images of US war casualties. The release came as a result of a lawsuit filed by University of Delaware professor Ralph Begleiter [faculty profile], who was aided by the nongovernmental National Security Archive [NGO website] research group. The parties agreed to dismiss the suit after the Pentagon in April 2005 released 721 images of coffins taken by the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries that the Archive later published on its website [images and backgrounder]. The latest release includes images that had been censored, obscuring the faces of priests and service members involved in the ceremonies. The Pentagon said Thursday that "further consideration" of the lawsuit led it to release the latest images with unobscured faces. The Washington Post has more.

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