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Sandy Hook investigators under fire for keeping some findings secret

- The Washington Times - Monday, November 25, 2013

Investigators into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut are poised to release the much-anticipated report of their findings Monday — but they've already warned that some information is going to be withheld.

And that's not sitting well with some who see the shield as unconstitutional.

A summary of their findings, headed up by the lead investigator of the Dec. 14 shooting, State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, is going to be made available Monday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.

Omitted will be the entire evidence file — a stack of documents that's believed to span thousands of pages — and legal minds aren't happy about the hold-back of information.

"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," said Dan Klau, a Hartford attorney with expertise in First Amendment issues, in the AP story. Mr. Klau said releasing the full file is standard procedure in most investigations in the state,

"His conduct," Mr. Klau said, in the AP story, "in many instances has seemed more akin to an attorney in private practice representing Sandy Hook families."

The shooting in Newtown left 20 children and six adults dead. The report that's due for release hopefully provides some information about the gunman, Adam Lanza, 20.

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