Ashley and Wynonna Judd accused of disobeying court order in fight over sealing mom Naomi's death records

The Judd sisters say that the records are 'private, incredibly sensitive, and do nothing more than re-open the fresh wounds of Naomi Judd's death'

Ashley and Wynonna Judd accused of disobeying court order in fight over sealing mom Naomi's death records
Naomi Judd’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna want the inquiry file about their mother's death to be sealed (Mickey Bernal/Getty Images)
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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE: Naomi Judd's daughters, Ashley and Wynonna have been accused of breaking a court order that required them to hand over documents as part of their fight to seal their late mother Naomi's death records. Naomi, 76, died at her Tennessee property from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 30.

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The Judds sisters, who want the inquiry file about their mother's death to be sealed, say that the papers are "private, incredibly sensitive, and do nothing more than re-open the fresh wounds of Naomi Judd's death." The defendants, however, have contended that the file should be provided since it contains public records.

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The 911 calls from Ashley, who was present at the scene when the incident occurred, the body camera footage from the scene, images of the note Naomi left for her family, texts between Ashley and the family psychologist, and various images of guns on the property are all included in the file that the family wants to remain sealed. The distribution of the material, according to Naomi's daughters, would be extremely upsetting for them.

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(L-R) Ashley Judd and inductee Wynonna Judd attend the class of 2021 medallion ceremony at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 01, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ashley Judd and inductee Wynonna Judd attend the class of 2021 medallion ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 01, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

The records are public records, and the sheriff and local journalists have advocated for their release. The legal dispute has been very heated. The journalists are now claiming that the Judd family disregarded the court's order and schedule in the case, according to court documents acquired by RadarOnline.com. They claimed that the Judd family had ignored their requests for information and papers to be provided by a certain date.

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According to the journalists, the Judd family did not wish to release any materials regarding the "publicity campaign" of the plaintiffs. The fact that Ashley took part in numerous interviews where she spoke about her mother's passing is one of the reporters' arguments for the release. They also asked for a list of all the witnesses the Judd family intended to call at the trial and a list of everyone with whom they had spoken about Naomi Judd's death, including publicists. “Identify every person that you have communicated with regarding Naomi Judd’s death, including, without limitation, the circumstances of Naomi Judd’s death or any investigation of Naomi Judd’s death,” the filing reads. The journalist's counsel then wanted payment from the Judd family for the cost of filing the motion.

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On the other hand, Wynonna and Ashley claim they have issues with some of the requests and have never disobeyed a court order. “Not only was the written discovery sent last minute – but it included a request for production of ALL written communications SENT or RECEIVED by Plaintiffs regarding their wife and mother’s death. This request not only invades the privacy of the Plaintiffs – the very purpose of this action, but certainly includes communications which are entirely irrelevant and could not even possibility lead to the discovery of relevant evidence,” the Judd family attorney wrote. “The Plaintiffs have received thousands of unsolicited communications from fans expressing condolence. It would take Plaintiffs months and at great cost to even attempt to compile all of the communications.”

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