Court orders police to make Adam Lanza documents public
NEWTOWN — Police will have to make public 35 documents belonging to the disturbed 20-year-old who massacred 26 first graders and educators at Sandy Hook School in 2012, the state’s highest court has ruled.
Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday state police must release the disturbing writings and other belongings of the Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza to the public because they are not exempt from state open record laws.
The court ruled unanimously in favor of The Hartford Courant and the state Freedom of Information Commission, whose order to police to release Lanza’s belongings was overturned by a lower court judge.
Lanza killed his mother the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, and drove to Sandy Hook School with an AR-15-style rifle that he had taken from an unlocked closet. He fired 154 bullets in 264 seconds, killing 26, before turning a handgun on himself.
State police had seized Lanza’s belongings from his Newtown home and rejected the Courant’s request to view the items, which included a spreadsheet ranking mass murders and violent stories he wrote.