November 25, 2013

State of Connecticut | Associated Press

A report on last year’s mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School names Adam Lanza in its body text only once — “Throughout the remainder of this report Adam Lanza will be referred to as ‘the shooter,'” a footnote reads.

The report’s author, Connecticut State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, also says the report “will not list the names of the twenty children killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School, nor will it recite 911 calls made from within the school on that morning or describe information provided by witnesses who were in the classrooms or heard what was occurring in the classrooms.”

Connecticut passed a law earlier this year shielding certain information from public information requests, including “that portion of an audio tape or other recording where the individual speaking on the recording describes the condition of a victim of homicide, except for a recording that consists of an emergency 9-1-1 call or other call for assistance made by a member of the public to a law enforcement agency.”

Sedensky’s report arrives before the release of the Connecticut State Police’s report. “It was not clear when the full report would be released,” the Associated Press reports. “What I found troubling about the approach of the state’s attorney is that from my perspective, he seems to have forgotten his job is to represent the state of Connecticut,” Hartford attorney Dan Klau told the AP. “His conduct in many instances has seemed more akin to an attorney in private practice representing Sandy Hook families.”

Morgan Rueckert, an attorney for some victims’ families, told the AP “some families still receive harassing phone calls from conspiracy theorists, but they are also concerned by the amount of attention that’s been paid to the case and the ease with which records, once released, could be widely published and duplicated on the Internet.”

Previously: Media, residents yearn for journalists to leave Newtown | Newtown clerk asks for town help to shield death certificates from press

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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