Malloy Names Two to Newtown FOI Panel

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy selected two people Friday who will serve on a state task force created as part of a law rushed through the legislature earlier this month to block the release of some photos in homicide cases, including the Newtown school shooting.

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The Democratic governor appointed New Haven Police Officer Jillian Knox and Andrew Woods, the executive director of Hartford Communities that Care.

Knox works with the police department\’s Victim Services Unit to help people move forward after a traumatic crime.She has previously worked as a sexual assault investigator and a school resource officeer.

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Woods\’ organization provides counseling and financial assistance to assault victims and the families of people who are murdered. The group also works to discourage crime and drug use within the city.

The 17-member task force is to meet later this year and is to produce a report about how the state’s public records laws should balance the privacy rights of victims and the rights of the public to know obtain information about crimes.

Last month, the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists selected four people to fill its spots on the panel.

Per the legislation, other members of the panel are the director of the state FOI Commission, an appointee of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information; the chief state’s attorney; the chief public defender; the state victim advocate; the commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; a constitutional law professor and state legislators from both parties.

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