Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III will be in court Friday asking a judge to keep hidden the 911 tapes from the day of the Sandy Hook School shooting until there is a ruling on his Freedom of Information Commission appeal.
The Freedom of Information Commission ruled in favor of the Associated Press in September when it concluded that Sedensky’s office should release the 911 tapes. At the end of October, Sedensky appealed that decision to Superior Court.
“A stay will ensure that the appeal will not be moot and will remain viable pending its resolution,” Sedensky wrote in a brief filed with the court. “Additionally, a stay will protect crime victims and witnesses as well as allow information relative to child abuse to remain protected.”
One of Sedensky’s arguments to the Freedom of Information Commission was that the child victims of the mass shooting were victims of child abuse because they were shot and killed by the gunman. He argued that’s one of the reasons the 911 tapes should not be released.
“It is in the public’s interest for this matter to be fully resolved by this administrative appeal and that a stay be in place during its pendency,” Sedensky wrote in his complaint. “It is in the public interest that 9-1-1 callers and child abuse information be protected while this appeal is pending. To do otherwise would put victims and witnesses at risk for intimidation, disclose witness statements and foster second guessing on the part of those who would use the 9-1-1 system, especially as it is related to child abuse.”