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Not only did Gov. Dannel P. Malloy negotiate in secret with prosecutors and legislative leaders over Newtown massacre legislation, no public hearing was ever held on the bill, which passed and now seals not only Newtown crime scene photos, but photos from all state homicides, as well as audio tapes of 911 calls.
The New England First Amendment Coalition registered “extreme dismay” at the government seizure of phone records of The Associated Press and urged Attorney General Eric Holder to work for passage of a federal shield law and take other steps to avert a repeat of the intrusion that was part of a probe into a security leak.
Gov. Daniel P. Malloy’s proposal to further consolidate Connecticut’s watchdog agencies under a political appointee’s oversight “should be recognized for what it is: a political power play,” Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition told a legislative panel in Hartford.