The Hartford Courant
7:27 PM EDT, July 5, 2013
If only the state police would release their long-awaited report on the criminal investigation into the Sandy Hook school shooting, questions about "leaks" would become moot.
It has taken state law enforcement officials too long to investigate the Dec. 14 crime and report their official findings. First, the report was to be released in June; then the date was pushed off to late summer or September. Who knows when it will see daylight?
With only one suspect, dead at the scene, the crime, although enormous in scope, would seem easy enough to investigate. Why the foot-dragging?
Recently, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance and state prosecutor Stephen J. Sedensky III, head of the investigation, complained to the Journal Inquirer of Manchester about "unauthorized" leaks of information concerning the Newtown investigation that were attributed to law enforcement sources. The comments came after Courant stories containing new information on the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza.
Information about the crime and the perpetrator is out there and it's going to be reported, of course. Reporting it is in the public interest. Burying or delaying the release of the investigation's findings — as well as complaining about leaks — only fuels needless speculation.
Besides, police officials took the lead early in leaking information when Col. Danny Stebbins, the state police commander, reportedly described details about the shooter's arsenal of guns at a law enforcement conference early this year.
Connecticut's policy-makers will have much to gain from a better understanding of Adam Lanza's mental state when the report is made public. Presumably Mr. Sedensky's investigators have delved into that subject.
Connecticut residents have a right to expect a thorough, detailed report of the investigation into the Newtown massacre, including as much as they can learn about what made Adam Lanza tick. Investigators certainly will have had enough time to do it right.
Copyright © 2013, The Hartford Courant