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Court Rejects Appeal In Court Records Case

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Adam Gault (Courtesy Bloomfield Police)

Adam Gault (Courtesy Bloomfield Police)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP and WTIC Staff) _ The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in a case that could have restricted the release of records routinely used by the media to report crime stories.

The court on Monday unanimously dismissed the appeal of a woman who sought the indefinite sealing of an arrest warrant affidavit because she claimed releasing it would violate her privacy rights.

The justices, however, didn’t address her privacy argument, saying instead that she didn’t have legal standing to appeal a lower court’s decision to release a redacted version of the affidavit.

The ruling came in the case of Adam Gault, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for kidnapping the woman in 1998 and for kidnapping and sexually abusing a missing teenager found in his West Hartford home in 2007.

The document in question was an arrest warrant application, which is written by police, and given to a judge to show why a defendant was arrested.  The arrest warrant becomes part of a defendant’s case file at court, which is accessible to the public.

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