Skip to comments.Criminal charges weighed in Newtown deaths (sandy hook massacre)
Posted on 01/25/2013 9:12:50 AM PST by RummyChick
HARTFORD -- The prosecutor investigating the Newtown school massacre told a new panel Thursday not to expect a final report on the Dec. 14 slaughter anytime soon.
Danbury State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III announced that while no criminal prosecution seems likely to emerge from the mass murder and suicide, he wants to suppress much of the evidence from the public anyway.
"This is an ongoing criminal investigation, for which I have obtained extensions of time from the Superior Court to keep documents sealed, so that the investigation may continue unencumbered by distractions," Sedensky said.
"The rules of professional responsibility for prosecutors require that I take steps to prevent publicity that would have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing a potential prosecution," he said.
In a brief appearance before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 16-member Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, Sedensky said that he expects the State Police report on the shootings to be several months away.
"Of course, if the investigation reveals that there should be a criminal prosecution, then that prosecution would take precedence over any report," Sedensky told the panel of municipal officials, mental health experts, security professionals and social-service providers.
"Though no such prosecution currently appears on the horizon, I am sure you can appreciate that all leads need to be investigated and evidence examined before final decisions and statements are made," he said.
He offered to meet privately with a representative of the advisory panel to provide information that he might not release to the public.
Sedensky said that during the first week after the shootings, federal, state and local police worked around the clock investigating the crime scenes at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at the 36 Yogananda St. home of Nancy Lanza, whose son Adam, 20, murdered her before driving her car to the school, and elsewhere.
It will be months before a report is released.
"We are hoping for some time this summer, perhaps in June," said Sedensky, a Newtown resident, adding that details on the mental health of Adam Lanza, are protected from disclosure under privacy regulations and might not be able to be provided to the commission.
Bill Ritter, the former governor of Colorado whose district attorney of Denver investigated the aftermath of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, told the panel the nation is watching.
"You could wind up saving lives at some point in the future," said Ritter, who later became governor and became a target for a deranged gunman who was shot and killed by a state trooper outside his office. "Healing can happen" but it can be a long-term process.
Richard Bonnie, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law who was an adviser to the Virginia Tech Review Panel following that 2007 shooting, warned that legislation and regulatory changes can be affected by emotions.
"Tragedy can compromise thoughtful policy making," he said from Virginia.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in the panel's first meeting Thursday morning, said that the consequence that seems to be separating Newtown from other mass shootings is that momentum for a positive outcome to the crime seems to be gaining every day, not fading.
"We must take a serious look at public safety, particularly school safety, so our children can grow up and go to school without the fear of violence in a culture that does in fact glorify violence," Malloy said.
"We need to have a discussion about stopping that," Malloy said. "The recommendations you will craft over the coming weeks and months will no doubt take us toward that goal: better mental health, better safety in our schools and a system that is set up to stop the glorification of the violence."
Later in the afternoon, after Sedensky's testimony, Malloy, a former prosecutor, was asked by reporters about the reticence to release more details of the shooting.
"I think there's always this situation where a prosecutor is trying to make the right balance," Malloy said.
"This was an attack so outrageous, in the killing of 20 six-year-olds that in many ways it's going to have an imprint, the likes of which I can remember where I was, in the classroom, when someone came in to say President Kennedy was shot," Malloy said. "I think this is that kind of event. So I think he needs to take the time necessary to conclude the investigation. Having said that, I would hope that as little time is necessary. It's more important to get it right than to rush out a report."
On Friday morning, a legislative subcommittee looking into issues of school security after the Sandy Hook shootings will hold a public hearing starting at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2-C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
State Police: All 26 Newtown victims shot with assault rifle
I made this brief list of links that answer the most asked questions regarding Sandy Hook. I just got tired of going back and pulling these up and wanted them all in one place. Please add whatever I missed:
Interview with one of two mothers who witnessed the kids running down to the firehouse, the Lanzas Honda doors opened [indication that it had already been searched], the broken glass at the front door, the unusual quiet just before gunshots rang out from inside the school, and the kids subsequently evacuating the building:
Video at 0:24 of the broken glass front door:
Police dispatch report along with video of the broken glass front window at 0:50 on the video:
Police Dispatch of the Sandy Hook shooting:
STATE POLICE IDENTIFY WEAPONS USED IN SANDY HOOK
Details of shooting at Wikipedia with other resources and links:
The narrative says this is not possible.
I’m sure that the documents will remain sealed, at least through the end of the current congressional session in D.C.
There is at least one poster on this site from that area. I think there may be two.
I don’t remember their names.
I do remember that one said she had been asked not to talk about the shooting until after the investigation.
Lone Perp and mother are dead.
I wonder what they are hiding? I wonder how high up in the hierarchy the Church of Satan reaches?
Have you got a video that explain why Creepy Gene sometimes says he called the parent of the children and had them picked up and at other times he says a Supervisor of the Bus Driver called the parents????
Oh, and the practice drill indicates that children are to be taken TO THE FIREHOUSE not dropped off at Creepy Gene’s house.
They just had a drill with PICTURES from a few months earlier with kids at the firehouse.
You should have posted that article. It is much more relevant to the discussion here.
Just saw this linked on Drudge:
Probably because he called some of the parents and the bus driver called the others.
Oh, and the practice drill indicates that children are to be taken TO THE FIREHOUSE not dropped off at Creepy Genes house.
Well there you go. That proves that it wasn't a drill.
They just had a drill with PICTURES from a few months earlier with kids at the firehouse.
Was Gene Rosen included in that drill???
I am sure this guy from newtown is working the phone lines
"There's no question that the AR-15 was used, the Bushmaster shot those children with multiple rounds and was instrumental in the massacre," Blumenthal told Hearst Newspapers on Thursday after a Capitol Hill news conference. "Those children and educators might well be alive today if not for the assault weapon and high-capacity magazines."The media used the same technique to demonize SUVs - very scary having a rifle running around shooting people. I thought it was that nut Adam Lanza.
“Probably because he called some of the parents and the bus driver called the others.”
Making up stuff again.
I think he may have figured out his story didn’t make sense...so he switched to the one that the Supervisor had to get in touch with the parents because the kids wouldn’t know all of the numbers. He said the Supervisor must have had a Master list.
He admitted he wasn’t the one who got in touch with the parents.
And the picture of the drill has no children in a semi circle on Creepy Gene’s lawn.
>>Lone perp and mother dead<<<
Exactly. Another false narrative.
(cheesy video no-one saw causing spontaneous riot and massacre of Americans)
The incredibly inappropriate Chief Medical Examiner (who obviously has a mental condition or is a raging alcoholic with mind lapses) when asked replied ".....the 'long gun......". He didn't know sh** at the time but he knew how to feed the frenzy!
The Creepy Gene story is just bizarre. Yeah, I am a bus driver fleeing a massacre with a bus full of kids. I think I’ll just stop at this house and hang out in the front yard.
Nice try Chip! You seemed to have purposely left out the YouTube radio interview with Michael Powers. One hour and twenty-six minutes.