Judge rejects subpoena for bank records in Mary Han case

Posted at: 09/12/2013 12:37 PM
Updated at: 09/13/2013 7:34 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

ALBUQUERQUE -- After a court hearing Thursday, the family of a late Albuquerque attorney will need to find another way to access records that could help them determine if her death was a suicide.

Civil rights attorney Mary Han was found dead inside her car in 2010. Her death was later ruled a suicide.

But a civil suit filed recently by Han's family questions the Albuquerque Police Department's handling of the investigation.

Today's hearing involved the family's request to obtain Han's bank records.

The Han family's attorney sent subpoenas for her financial records to her former law partner, Paul Kennedy. The family believes the records would show Han wasn't having money problems and that it couldn't be a reason for suicide, but the bank won't give them access to her financial records.

Kennedy's lawyers filed the emergency motion to void the subpoena. A judge ruled in favor of Kennedy, saying it was the "wrong avenue" for the family to obtain Han's financial information.

It is not clear how and if the family will be able to access the records.