Remember those "reviews" of Dan Markingson's death that General Counsel Mark Rotenberg claimed to have conducted? You know, the ones done by the IRB and "the University" that cleared everyone associated with the University of Minnesota of any blame? Well, those reviews have still not emerged. I filed a Data Practices Act request for them on July 28. Of course, I didn't expect to get them, because I don't believe the reviews actually exist. But I was curious to hear the story that university officials would tell. Would they claim the reviews had been destroyed? That they had been lost? Or would they come up with some more creative?
Apparently the strategy this time is going to be simply to ignore me. Susan McKinney, the university records manager, promised a response within a week, but, well, it has been a month now. And my emails this week are going unanswered.
On a more interesting note: the university PR office has taken down the 2010 press release in which Rotenberg first made those improbable claims. But you can still read it, courtesy of the Wayback Machine.