In a move that ought to be challenged immediately in court, the West Virginia State Police have said that the family of a woman killed in a high speed chase can't review a videotape of the chase. Sorry officers, but your denial holds water about as well as a brown paper bag.
Amanda Smailes, 21, of Berkeley County, W.Va., was killed last Nov. 24 when a motorist being pursued by state police rammed her car. The case brought new calls for stricter guidelines on police chases and for the use of new technology to stop fleeing motorists before they injure innocent bystanders.
However, the chase had been taped for the TV show, "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol." Larry Schultz, the attorney for Smailes' family, says police told him last week that copyright laws prevent him from viewing the tape, and the show's producers haven't said whether they plan to use it on their program.