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Officials Drop Fight to Withhold Newtown 911 Calls

Eric Mueller places twenty seven wooden angles he made in his yard down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After fighting for months to keep the recordings of 911 calls made during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School from being released, on Monday Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III said he won't appeal a court ruling that the tapes be made public. Sedensky had argued that releasing the recordings may violate the survivors' privacy and make people reluctant to call 911, but last week a judge upheld a decision by the state's Freedom of Information Commission that they should be handed over to the Associated Press. The seven calls placed from inside the school, which total about 25 minutes, are expected to be released on Wednesday afternoon.

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