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Right to know vs. victim privacy report completed

The Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know, which was created in response to 12-14, has approved its final report.  Task Force co-chair Don DeCesare says the 62 page report was approved 15 to 2.


Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information President Jim Smith is a panel member and one of two who voted against the report.


The recommendations include protecting the identities of witnesses to violent or drug-related crimes or were minors at the time and allowing next of kin in homicide cases to object to materials release.


One of the 4 recommendations is that recordings of police 911 calls about homicides could be applied for and surviving family members of murder victims would be notified of the requests.