NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Connecticut judge ordered the release of the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but the tapes will not be immediately unsealed.
The state’s Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III asked for a stay while he appeals that order. New Britain Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott denied his motion for a stay Tuesday, but the tapes remain sealed until Dec. 4 to give the prosecutor a chance to appeal.
The ruling came a day after the judge listened to the 911 tapes.
The AP has sought the recordings in part to examine the police response to the massacre, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. The AP has said it would review the content and determine what, if any, of it would meet the news cooperative’s standards for publication.
Sedensky urged the judge to consider the anguish releasing the tapes could cause for victims’ families.
Prescott said in his ruling, however, that while the 911 callers describe the shootings in a disturbing manner, no children are identified by name and no shouts or screams could be heard in the background.