NEWTOWN, Conn. — A state Superior Court judge has ruled against the Hartford Courant in its bid for the release of personal documents belonging to Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza that were seized from his home.
According to the Hartford Courant, Judge Carl J. Schuman ruled the documents are private property and are not subject to the state Freedom of Information Act.
In the decision, Schuman overturned a ruling by the state Freedom of Information Commission ordering the release of the records to The Courant.
The judge said state statutes requiring the return of seized property supersede the open-records law and shield such records from disclosure, The Courant said.
On Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother in their home, Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 children and six educators, then fatally shot himself.
In the investigation, police seized dozens of documents from Lanza's home, including handwritten notes, a spiral-bound book written by Lanza called "The Big Book of Granny" that contained violent themes, and a spreadsheet made by Lanza of mass murders, including the name of the killer, the number of victims, and the weapons used, The Courant said.
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