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Hinckley Allen Represents Associated Press in Freedom of Information Act to Disclose Newtown 911 calls

Litigation, Corporate & Business

Hinckley Allen represented the Associated Press (AP) and its reporter, Jack Gillum, in their efforts to make public the 911 tapes from the Newtown, Sandy Hook School shooting tragedy. Recently, the Connecticut Superior Court agreed with the arguments made by Hinckley Allen and denied the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s bid to withhold the recordings in a unanimous decision under the Freedom of Information Commission that the calls are not exempt from public information laws. As recognized by the Court, “release of the audio recordings will assist the public in gauging the appropriateness of law enforcement’s response” to calls for help from the public. As further stated by the Court: “The public has weighty interest in addressing these questions now, not possibly two or three years from now when this case may have finally concluded.” The Court ordered that the 911 recordings be released on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2pm.