The Hartford Courant is "disappointed" and "assessing our options" after a judge scuttled its request to access the private writings of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza. The newspaper first asked state police to hand over the documents in January 2014; when that didn't happen, it went to the state Freedom of Information Commission, which greenlighted their release in May 2014, reports the Newtown Bee. The state appealed, and on Friday, Superior Court Judge Carl J. Schuman overturned that ruling, and his reasoning was thus: Connecticut statutes hold that private property seized via search warrant and not used in a criminal trial be returned to the owner at the conclusion of the case; this trumps the FOIA.
The Courant points out that no one has voiced a privacy concern in relation to the documents, but Schuman said his ruling must apply to similar situations less "unusual" than Lanza's. As for what's known of the documents, they include Lanza's handwritten notes, a spreadsheet that tracked the details of mass killings, and "The Big Book of Granny." A November 2013 Courant article written upon the release of the state police's summary of its nearly year-long investigation shared details of the eight-chapter book, which featured a gun-slinging Granny, her son, and Dora the Beserker. In the book, written as a school project with another classmate when the two were fifth-graders, Granny robs a bank, kills soldiers, wipes out the Beatles, and threatens to murder schoolkids. The assignment was never turned in. (Read more Adam Lanza stories.)