(WTNH) — The state supreme court heard arguments on whether the Newtown school shooter’s belongings should be publicly released on Thursday.
The Hartford Courant and the state Freedom of Information Commission are appealing a decision by a lower court judge, who ruled in 2016 that state police do not have to release documents that belonged to shooter Adam Lanza.
Police seized information from Lanza’s home shortly after the shooting in 2012. Some of the information included a violent story he wrote as a child, a photography of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Class of 2002 to 2003 and a spreadsheet that ranks mass murders with the number of people killed and the types of weapons they used.
The Hartford Courant requested that state police provide copies of what was found, when the state didn’t respond, the newspaper filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission.Related content: Court sets hearing on Newtown shooter’s belongings
The commission sided with the newspaper and said the documents were public records.
State police then appealed that decision in superior court. The court said the state did not have to release the information, citing state statutes that govern seized property
Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, then killed himself.