Newtown clerk refuses to issue Sandy Hook victims’ death certificates

Something really stinks about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

On February 5, 2013, I tried to order alleged mass murderer Adam Lanza’s death certificate from Vitalcheck, but got this message: “Sorry, this Death Certificate is unavailable.”

Now I know why.

John Voket reports for The Newtown Bee that Newtown’s town clerk Debbie Aurelia is refusing Freedom of Information requests from media and other sources seeking copies of all death records, including burial locations, of the alleged victims of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, as well as the death records of alleged mass murderer Adam Lanza and his mother, Nancy Lanza.

The New York Post, the Connecticut Post, the Associated Press, the Hartford Courant, and other media have put forth requests for official death certificates of Sandy Hook victims.

Death certificates are part of vital public records, which also include birth and marriage certificates. They are public domain documents that serve as a mechanism for upholding the integrity of information in which there is a public interest, as it relates to voting, citizenship, and receiving public benefits. Abuses of voting processes involving voters who, unbeknownst to the public, are actually dead, are legendary. Death certificates typically contain little information about manner of death beyond categories such as “natural cause,” “homicide,” “accident,” “suicide,” or “other.” News organizations utilize such records in crime reporting as a standard part of normal, often tedious, fact-checking procedures. Death certificates also contain the sworn statement of the medical examiner.

What Aurelia is doing is contrary to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act (CFOIA) as codified in Chapter 14 of Connecticut General Status. [Click here for the CFOIA.]

Section 1 (5) of CFOIA defines “public records or files” as “any recorded data or information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, received or retained by a public agency, or to which a public agency is entitled to receive a copy by law or contract under section 1-218, whether such data or information be handwritten, typed, tape-recorded, printed, photostated, photographed or recorded by any other method.”
Sec. 1-210 of the CFOIA specifies that “Except as otherwise provided by any federal law or state statute, all records maintained or kept on file by any public agency, whether or not such records are required by any law or by any rule or regulation, shall be public records and every person shall have the right to (1) inspect such records promptly during regular office or business hours, (2) copy such records in accordance with subsection (g) of section 1-212, or (3) receive a copy of such records in accordance with section 1-212. Any agency rule or regulation, or part thereof, that conflicts with the provisions of this subsection or diminishes or curtails in any way the rights granted by this subsection shall be void.”
More than refusing to comply with Freedom of Information requests for the death records of Sandy Hook victims, Aurelia is working with two Republican state legislators, Representatives Dan Carter and Mitch Bolinsky, and the leadership of the state association of town clerks to craft a bill that would provide the press and public with limited directory information from death and marriage records, but would withhold the actual death and marriage certificates from review except by legally entitled immediate family members or their representatives.

As reported by Christopher Keating of the Hartford Courant, Bolinsky’s one-paragraph bill, HB 5733 – An Act Concerning Access to a Child’s Death Certificate, states that the copy of the public record could be restricted “when the disclosure of the death certificate is likely to cause undue hardship for the family of the child.’’

But Jim Smith, a veteran journalist who serves as president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, said his group will fight against the bill in its continuing advocacy for open government. The certificate, he said, is a straightforward, factual document that lacks the details of an autopsy report: “There isn’t anything in a death certificate that is going to hurt the deceased. It’s not like an autopsy report. It’s been public for centuries. It’s not going to invade anyone’s privacy. We understand people, especially in Newtown, are aggrieved, but it shouldn’t lead to shutting off information in a democracy. There’s no real reason to do it. If a kid dies, we ought to know why. We shouldn’t be hiding why kids die.’’

HB 5733 is sponsored by Rep. Mitch Bolinsky and co-sponsored by Reps. Brenda L. Kupchick and DebraLee Hovey, and Sen. John McKinneyall Republicans. Two days ago, on Feb. 23, 2013, the bill was referred to Connecticut state legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health.

H/t Ralph Lopez of DigitalJournal.com

~Eowyn

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1wanderingtruthseeker
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What cha wanta bet. By the time a lawsuit is over, they WILL have death certificates on file listing all of them as homicide by gun shot. Storm the place and see if Now they have death certificates. We all know somethings smells to high heaven over this.

the little brother (@TheLightningNuz)
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more pieces –
“Smoking gun… there is NO line of parking spaces perpendicular to the woods in the SH lot, as seen in this photo! The parking spaces at Sandy Hook run PARALELL to the wooded hillside, NOT perpendicular. This is a fake, not even taken at that school.”
Mary 2/22/13 at 3:10 pm
https://nodisinfo.com/Home/2013/01/23/nodinsinfos-list-of-phony-sandy-hook-actor-parents/

The MAD Jewess
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The MAD Jewess

This story made me SO SICK, I had to let it go for fear of my mind crumbling

BobtheGrape
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BobtheGrape

Something mighty fishy in CT!

Dressage Rider
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Dressage Rider

I guess this is what’s wrong with “fake news.”

TPR
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TPR

Loved the hacker comments! 😀 And I was going to say, “I hope somebody sues the pants off those Newtown officials, because Public Records are Public Records!”  Then I saw this earlier tonight: A real bag of mixed nuts here in the comments section, on a somewhat related subject re a small town newspaper in NC requesting the “public records” from the sheriff of all “concealed carry” permit-holders.  The sheriff said No!, the gun-owning locals made a huge outcry, the newspaper backed down & then profusely apologized for having ever asked for those “public records” in the first place: 2/25/13:… Read more »

Winghunter
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Winghunter

Lawyers should be suing for the information right away and any bill passed will be moot due to ex-post facto (After the fact). The children and their parents information must be public information due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident.

japoa
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This absolutely , positively cannot pass the smell test . They have got to be hiding something so heinous that , if found out , the country would be up in arms .

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Something stinks here with this.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

This whole thing is waaaaay beyond belief! It’s a small wonder the stench of the whole thing doesn’t reach waaaaay out here to Oregon. Public records– marriage, birth, and death should be just that . . . . P U B L I C. What is so hard to understand about that.

James
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James

I live in UK and am just wondering, how big is the Sandy Hook Hoax awareness compared to 9/11 Truth awareness??

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this revealing post. Something is rotten in Denmark, but in this case, in Connecticut. The secrecy and cover-up which has occurred in this Sandy Hook matter is an indictment that something is very, very wrong! It only adds to our suspicions about what really happened.

jared farmington
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jared farmington

It took 0bama awhile to come up with his fraudulent birth certificate, too.. A couple years, actually.. Give them time! lol

yearight
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yearight

They are exploiting this for everything they can get including money and they want to claim releasing death certificates will create hardship for the family, this keeps getting more nut . The singing kids remind the families everytime they see it, and that is ok

joehollinger
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Reblogged this on I am a Citizen Blog and commented:
This blog post ads credence to my feelings about the Newtown, CT murders being a scam on America perpetrated in order to provide propaganda for Obama’s agenda for removing arms from Americans so that they pose no viable threat to Department of Homeland Security Forces when they move to subjugate those speaking out against Obama and his Administration and their policies. Totally recommend reading this and I hope you will submit your own FOI request. I’m checking out how to do it.

SL
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SL

Well today, Dylan Hockley’s parents put out a Change.org petition to have CT pass a law to keep photos and audio private. Hmmmm wonder why? Why do we know so much about say, the Boston Bombings, but so little about the Newtown tragedy? And now people want to pass a law to limit info to the public even more?
https://www.change.org/petitions/keep-sandy-hook-crime-scene-information-private-urge-the-ct-legislature-to-pass-hb-6424?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25940&alert_id=KirWhWAqZb_PxHDWTSfzU

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Although the clerk did refuse release, I just searched and the death certificates are now public. You should probably update story.

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