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Newtown official calls for release of 911 tapes

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The leader of the Connecticut town where 26 people were killed in a school shooting has called on state prosecutors to release recordings of 911 calls.

Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers that releasing the recordings would end leaks to media outlets she says are painful. She compared the leaks to water torture.

The state’s Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but a prosecutor asked for a stay while he appeals that order. A Superior Court judge said Nov. 8 he wants to hear the 911 recordings before ruling whether they can remain secret.

A hearing is set for Monday on whether the recordings can be sealed so he can access and hear them.

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