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Judge Seeks to Hear Sandy Hook 911 Calls Before Ruling


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge says he wants to hear the 911 recordings from the Newtown school shooting before ruling whether they can be released to the media.

The state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but a prosecutor has asked for a stay while he appeals that order.

New Britain Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott said Friday that he wants to hear the tapes before ruling on the request for a stay. He set a Nov. 25 hearing on whether tapes can be sealed so he can listen to them.

A gunman killed 20 children and six educators inside the school last December.

The AP has sought the recordings in part to examine the police response to the massacre.

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Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org