Task Force Wants Restrictions On Homicide Photos And 911 Audio

The Connecticut Law Tribune


"The federal FOI statutes are nowhere near as good as Connecticut's FOI statutes," said James Smith, a representative of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, who argued that Tuesday's recommendation will make it easier for the government to deny public information requests.

But Sen. Leonard Fasano, R-North Haven, said since the Sandy Hook massacre he has become aware of websites that post gory photos of victims and he understands the concerns of the Newtown families. He said using the federal standard will give the state "all sorts of federal law and Supreme Court case law" to rely upon to "understand when something should be released and when something shouldn't be released."

Also on Tuesday, the task force recommended the identity of minors who witness a crime of violence, sexual offense or drug offense should not be disclosed.

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