HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A town clerk says she's been inundated with media requests for copies of death certificates of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and believes much of that information should not be released to the public.
Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia says she's concerned that details such as where the children are buried and their mothers' maiden names will be misused. She says families have been threatened and intimidated since the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Aurelia said her office has not yet released any requested death certificates.
Several related bills have been proposed. On Friday, the Government Administration and Elections Commission heard testimony on one bill exempting death certificates of minors from public disclosure for 10 years.
Both open records advocates and genealogists oppose such legislation.