Victim privacy panel to hold Hartford hearing

Hartford (AP) — A legislative task force charged with finding ways to balance victims' privacy with the public's right to know is holding a hearing in Hartford to gather public comment.

The Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know has scheduled its first hearing for Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church in Hartford.

Task force leaders want to gather public opinion on how information relating to victims and their families should be shared with the public and the media. The task force was part of a new law exempting the release of photographs, film, video and other images depicting a homicide victim if those records are considered an unwarranted invasion of privacy.

Families of the Newtown school shooting victims had sought the legislation.

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