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article imageSandy Hook Prosecutor Sedensky seeks to hide 911 Tapes

By Ralph Lopez     Nov 14, 2013 in World
Nearly a year after CT authorities said that they could not release the Sandy Hook 911 audio tapes because of a "pending investigation," CT States Attorney Stephen Sedensky is attempting to block an AP Freedom of Information Act request for the tapes.
The attempt to have a judge keep the tapes secret follows the recent demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The school was burned into the nation's consciousness when 20 children and 8 adults were gunned down, allegedly by one gunman, Adam Lanza, who then killed himself. Workers on the demolition crew were required to sign "non-disclosure" agreements preventing them from talking about anything they saw when they were on-site.
“The calls are from intended crime victims and witnesses to the crimes,” Sedensky argued in court papers. “Said crimes are also child abuse as it relates to the children in the school.”
The state’s Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the tapes should be released after the Associated Press requested them.
The final report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has passed the third self-imposed deadline given by the CT state's attorney office for completion of the report and the answering of outstanding questions, such which psychiatric medications Lanza was on, if any. Police issued warrants for Lanza's medical records soon after the shootings, yet the findings have yet to be released. Certain psychiatric medications are said by some in the medical profession to be causative of violent and suicidal behavior.
One question the 911 tapes might put to rest is the question, asked by former Fox news anchor Ben Swann, of how many gunmen were reported in the school in the first panic-stricken moments. Multiple videos show mysterious men, some in camo pants, running from closed school grounds, or into the woods, or being arrested after being found in the woods surrounding the school.
With the alleged gunman dead, last March Linda Petersen, chairwoman of the Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, said that there was no reason to keep search warrant affidavits and applications related to Lanza's house and car sealed for 90 days, as Sedensky had requested at the time. Sedensky said disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing investigation.
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