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FOIC Attorney Recommends Release Of Sandy Hook 911 Recordings

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A memorial was held at a staging area for families following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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By MICHAEL MELIA,  Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ An attorney with Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission has recommended that 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting be released.

Hearing officer Kathleen Ross is siding with The Associated Press in a dispute over records withheld by investigators. She says authorities did not offer evidence to support their argument that releasing the records could jeopardize the investigation.

The full commission is to hold a Sept. 25 hearing before issuing its decision on whether the recordings should be given to the AP.

Mark Dupuis, a spokesman for the state’s Division of Criminal Justice, says it intends to argue against the release.

The AP requested documents in December including copies of 911 calls, as it does routinely in news gathering, in part to examine the response of law enforcement to one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
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