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Alabama agency closes Harper Lee investigation

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Since news broke that two Alabama state agencies were looking into whether Harper Lee was the victim of elder abuse, one of the agencies has stated that its investigation is done, according to The New York Times. Speculation regarding Lee’s state and whether or not she truly is in favor of Go Set a Watchman being published has swirled following the announcement that the novel, her first published since To Kill a Mockingbird, would be available in July

The New York Times reported that the Alabama Securities Commission director Joseph Borg said Lee was interviewed and “has opinions and seems to be aware of what is going on with her book and the book deal.” 

Andrew Nurnberg, an agent for Lee, said in a statement printed by the Times in full, “Nelle could not be better cared for in the residential home where she lives. To suggest otherwise, anonymously and without any supportive evidence, is as shameful as it is sad.”