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Just to Be Safe, USF Researchers Request Special Permit to Exhume Dozier Bodies

Researchers at the University of South Florida have requested from the state archaeologist a permit authorizing them to exhume some 50 bodies of long-deceased child inmates of theArthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

"Based on our recommendation at a meeting with interested parties on Tuesday, the University of South Florida has requested a permit from the state archaeologist to allow for an exhumation of bodies at the Dozier School for Boys," Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a terse statement announcing the development.

The request appears to be an exercise in precaution, since it isn't clear that there really is a legal need for it at all. Researchers already have a state permit to excavate the grounds of the infamous reform school, and a judge last week indicated that the local medical examiner already had statutory authority to direct the exhumation of any bodies discovered in the process.

Bondi and her team are going the extra mile to make sure no family members or activists can bring forth a civil or criminal claim for desecration of a gravesite.

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