TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A circuit judge is rejecting a request to exhume human remains on the site of a now-defunct Panhandle reform school.
Judge William Wright, who is based in Jackson County, ruled Friday against the request made by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Bondi's office filed the petition in March. There is believed to be unmarked graves on the Dozier Boys School site.
Wright in his ruling stated that the case did not meet the "threshold" needed to grant the order. He said the medical examiner already has authority to inspect human remains.
But Wright at the end of his order urged officials to proceed with "caution" and quoted a 1949 case that stated that the "quiet of the grave, the repose of the dead, are not lightly to be disturbed."