Naomi Judd’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley Judd, are doing everything they can to prevent any information about their mother’s death from being published.
The 76-year-old country music icon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At the time, her younger daughter was at home.
Naomi’s daughters and husband, Larry Strickland, filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff of Williamson County, Tennessee, following her death on April 30, including members of the media who sought documents relating to her death.
On the other hand, Wynonna, Ashley, and the rest of their family are adamant that no images, movies, or audio recordings be made public.
They claimed that releasing the data would reopen the fresh wounds of their matriarch’s death, and that it should never be revealed.
These files contain handwritten notes from cops, body camera video, Post-It notes with images left at the tragic scene of the crime, and even text exchanges between Ashley and family psychotherapist Ted.
They are now suing the judge presiding over the case, Joseph Woodruff, alleging “bias and injustice” toward judicial procedures.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Wynonna and Ashley Judd believe the judge acted so that a person might believe the court improperly prejudged the case before it was heard on its merits.
They also claimed that the court had already expressed its opinions and reached incorrect conclusions, giving the impression that the court’s position on the merits would not change.
“In light of this Court’s prior rulings making merit determinations inappropriately, threat of contempt, disregard for cited case law, and disregard for the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned by the average person.”
As a result, two members of the Judd family want the judge to resign and a new judge assigned to the case.
This is so: “the court’s impartiality not be reasonably questioned, and the important privacy interests of this family be considered without prejudging the merits of the case, threats of record disclosure, and contempt sanctions.”
According to the Associated Press, an autopsy report on Naomi Judd’s death was completed in August and revealed that her cause of death was suicide.
Naomi had PTSD and bipolar disorder and committed suicide after a long battle with mental illness.
Ashley also claimed that her mother was murdered with a gun she owned.