Daniel Klau: Who misled the Sandy Hook families about crime scene photos and the Freedom of Information Act?

From Appealing Brief: Only days before the end of the 2013 legislative session last June, someone (apparently a Fox News reporter) started a false rumor that documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was going to make a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request for graphic crime scene photographs of the Sandy Hook massacre and then splash those photographs all over the Internet or movie screens. Michael Moore never made any such request and he never had any intention of making such a request….

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Newtown officials ordered to provide 911 calls to public records panel for review

From The Republic:  HARTFORD, Connecticut — A state Freedom of Information commission on Monday ordered Newtown officials to provide it with 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers an appeal for their release by The Associated Press.

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Bill letting Newtown families veto disclosure might raise fairness issues

From Hartford Courant:  The secretly drafted bill that would give Newtown massacre victims' families the power to veto disclosure of some investigative records might create a broader precedent — because future crime victims' families could ask for the same power in their less-celebrated cases, the head of the state Freedom of Information Commission said Thursday.

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Connecticut bill would limit public access to records of Sandy Hook shooting

From Daily News:  A bill crafted in secret by Connecticut’s chief prosecutor,governor’s office and legislators would prevent the release of some Newtown school shooting investigation records, including crime scene photos and videos and 911 recordings.

A draft of the proposal was released by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office Wednesday afternoon, a day after the Hartford Courant reported on the efforts to create the bill.

 

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