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Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes

 
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"HARTFORD -- The Freedom of Information Commission is expected on Wednesday to order the Newtown Police Department to release the emergency 911 recordings from the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The commission will likely decide in an afternoon meeting whether to accept a hearing officer's finding that the police have been illegally withholding recordings that should be released to the public.

"All sides will have an opportunity to be heard (Wednesday)," said Colleen Murphy, executive director of the commission. "Commissioners will listen to all arguments."

A state law adopted this spring with the Sandy Hook murders in mind allowed crime scene photos and on-scene police recordings to be kept private until next May. That law, however, explicitly provided for the release of the 911 recordings that came from the school.

If the commission rules against the Newtown Police Department, which has refused to release the recordings, the department would be able to appeal to the state Supreme Court. The state courts have, however, issued a series of decisions against law enforcement agencies that have attempted to withhold similar recordings."

[link to www.ctpost.com]
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"HARTFORD -- The Freedom of Information Commission is expected on Wednesday to order the Newtown Police Department to release the emergency 911 recordings from the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The commission will likely decide in an afternoon meeting whether to accept a hearing officer's finding that the police have been illegally withholding recordings that should be released to the public.

"All sides will have an opportunity to be heard (Wednesday)," said Colleen Murphy, executive director of the commission. "Commissioners will listen to all arguments."

A state law adopted this spring with the Sandy Hook murders in mind allowed crime scene photos and on-scene police recordings to be kept private until next May. That law, however, explicitly provided for the release of the 911 recordings that came from the school.

If the commission rules against the Newtown Police Department, which has refused to release the recordings, the department would be able to appeal to the state Supreme Court. The state courts have, however, issued a series of decisions against law enforcement agencies that have attempted to withhold similar recordings."

[link to www.ctpost.com]
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Won't happen, can't feed the sheep different feed, it'll upset the agenda.
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
Took them long enough to make them up...
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
From further into the article:

"Ross found that because of a directive from Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III to withhold all evidence, the police did not even look for the 911 recordings until the end of May. A hearing on the matter was held in June.

Sedensky is scheduled to appear before the nine-member commission Wednesday and make a pitch for continued suppression of the recordings, Murphy said."
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
Wow - it made NPR headlines today.

More bogusness from Sedensky:

"The prosecutor leading the Newtown investigation, Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, argued in reply that certain content of 911 calls could be shielded by the law. He gave the example of a possible call from a sexual assault victim.

"It is highly doubtful that the legislature would have wanted a sexual assault victim to have to choose between calling the police and having his or her 9-1-1 call on every radio station, therefore it could not have been the intent of the legislature to eliminate all exemptions simply because they were in the context of a 9-1-1 call," Sedensky wrote.

Sedensky has argued that releasing the 911 tapes could jeopardize the police investigation, subject witnesses to harassment from conspiracy theorists and violate survivors from the school who deserve special protection as victims of child abuse. His arguments were rejected by Ross, who said she was dismayed that the Newtown Police Department withheld the tapes at the direction of a state's attorney.

If the full Freedom of Information Commission agrees the recordings should be released, Newtown officials and Sedensky would have 45 days to decide whether to appeal to Superior Court."

[link to www.npr.org]

Are you kidding me?? Does Sedensky think that if I'm being assaulted I give a flying f*** about whether my 911 call will be on a radio show?? Give me a break.
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And I'd love to get him under oath saying that every time a show on September 11th or any other crime comes on, he changes channels when they play the 911 calls.
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Wow - it made NPR headlines today.

More bogusness from Sedensky:

"The prosecutor leading the Newtown investigation, Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, argued in reply that certain content of 911 calls could be shielded by the law. He gave the example of a possible call from a sexual assault victim.

"It is highly doubtful that the legislature would have wanted a sexual assault victim to have to choose between calling the police and having his or her 9-1-1 call on every radio station, therefore it could not have been the intent of the legislature to eliminate all exemptions simply because they were in the context of a 9-1-1 call," Sedensky wrote.

Sedensky has argued that releasing the 911 tapes could jeopardize the police investigation, subject witnesses to harassment from conspiracy theorists and violate survivors from the school who deserve special protection as victims of child abuse. His arguments were rejected by Ross, who said she was dismayed that the Newtown Police Department withheld the tapes at the direction of a state's attorney.

If the full Freedom of Information Commission agrees the recordings should be released, Newtown officials and Sedensky would have 45 days to decide whether to appeal to Superior Court."

[link to www.npr.org]

Are you kidding me?? Does Sedensky think that if I'm being assaulted I give a flying f*** about whether my 911 call will be on a radio show?? Give me a break.
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I don't think I have ever heard " conspiracy theorists" being a legitimate reason to keep the public form important information.
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
It makes no sense to hide from the public facts in an investigation because someone may be harassed.

Is there any precedent for this? Has any evidence in any crime been allowed to be hidden because someone might be criticized or harassed?

I am not remembering any
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
Wow - it made NPR headlines today.

More bogusness from Sedensky:

"The prosecutor leading the Newtown investigation, Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, argued in reply that certain content of 911 calls could be shielded by the law. He gave the example of a possible call from a sexual assault victim.

"It is highly doubtful that the legislature would have wanted a sexual assault victim to have to choose between calling the police and having his or her 9-1-1 call on every radio station, therefore it could not have been the intent of the legislature to eliminate all exemptions simply because they were in the context of a 9-1-1 call," Sedensky wrote.

Sedensky has argued that releasing the 911 tapes could jeopardize the police investigation, subject witnesses to harassment from conspiracy theorists and violate survivors from the school who deserve special protection as victims of child abuse. His arguments were rejected by Ross, who said she was dismayed that the Newtown Police Department withheld the tapes at the direction of a state's attorney.

If the full Freedom of Information Commission agrees the recordings should be released, Newtown officials and Sedensky would have 45 days to decide whether to appeal to Superior Court."

[link to www.npr.org]

Are you kidding me?? Does Sedensky think that if I'm being assaulted I give a flying f*** about whether my 911 call will be on a radio show?? Give me a break.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 47407771


I don't think I have ever heard " conspiracy theorists" being a legitimate reason to keep the public form important information.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 47391353


No kidding! Lameness upon lameness.

The best way to avoid the "deadly conspiracy theorists" is to behave exactly as the Hsu family has done - keep your family off the television.

Most people have never even heard the Hsu father's name (or the mother's).

The same agencies (state police) and media outlets moaning about conspiracy theorists are the exact, same agencies that ensured almost every family's name was known within 24 hours of the event.
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
Sedensky has argued that releasing the 911 tapes could jeopardize the police investigation

These points are the same as last time but does any journalist ever ask " how exactly could that jeopardize the police investigation ?"

This is what is so maddening. Nobody expands on why. Everyone takes a statement but never asks anyone to explain why.

Heck a major sports franchise coach get's asked more probing questions about why a certain pitcher did not get pulled and why a QB has not been benched than these guys ask of authorities.
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Re: Tomorrow FOIC expected to order Newtown Police Department to release Sandy Hook tapes
It makes no sense to hide from the public facts in an investigation because someone may be harassed.

Is there any precedent for this? Has any evidence in any crime been allowed to be hidden because someone might be criticized or harassed?

I am not remembering any
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