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Malloy Defending Newtown Records Bill

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Governor Dannel Malloy (Michael Graae/Getty Images)

Governor Dannel Malloy (Michael Graae/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is defending efforts to restrict the release of certain public records related to the Newtown school shooting, saying he wants to protect the victims’ families.

Malloy said Friday that “an extraordinary set of circumstances” happened on Dec. 14, when a gunman opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He said there has been “a lot of whacky coverage” on the Internet, referring to online conspiracies about the crime.

A draft bill privately crafted by Malloy’s office, the state’s top prosecutor and legislative leaders would require consent of the Newtown families before records related to the massacre are released. Media groups have voiced concerns.

A final consensus has not been reached about the bill.

Asked if the legislation will further fuel conspiracies, Malloy said, “They’re nuts anyway, okay?”

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