Monday, February 16, 2015

Legislature Considers Rolling Back Court Decision on Police Disclosure

By Hugh McQuaid
CT News Junkie
Lawmakers will hear public testimony Friday (Feb. 13)on a bill to reverse a 2014 state Supreme Court ruling, which limited the information police must release to the public before a criminal case is resolved.
In July, the court ruled in favor of the State Police and against the Freedom of Information Commission in its interpretation of existing law. The court said the law requires police to provide only cursory details about an arrest, such as the name of the person arrested, the charges, and where and when the arrest occurred. In addition, police can choose to release either a press release on the arrest or disclose some sort of report.
The court said the legislature should clarify the law.

Read the full story here.

Read the text of the bill here

Read the New Haven Register's Feb. 13 testimony here

Check out here a follow-up to the hearing by the Hartford Courant's Jon Lender. 


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