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Malloy Signs Compromise Newtown Privacy Bill

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By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation into law that would prevent the public release of crime scene photos and video evidence from the Sandy Hook Elementary School and other Connecticut homicides.

The Democrat signed the bill Wednesday afternoon, hours after the House of Representatives approved it.

Malloy said he believes “a parent of a deceased child should have the right to remember that child” as they wish, and not because they were “caught up in some tragic and unbelievable circumstances.”

The new law creates a new exemption under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. It prevents the release of photographs, film, video and other images depicting a homicide victim if those records “constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of the victim or the victim’s surviving family members.”

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