A bill drafted by the governor’s office would seal certain records of victims of the Dec. 14 Newtown massacre. The bill would require the consent of the families of the victims for release of photos, videos or recordings, as well as death certificates. The proposal was negotiated in secret by the governor’s office, lawmakers and the chief state’s attorney and did not go to a public hearing. Are they right to spare the feelings of the families of Newtown victims? Do other victims’ families deserve the same consideration? Or would hiding records of atrocities conceal the truth? Would knowing the gruesome details of Newtown serve the public interest?
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