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Conn. crime victim privacy panel meets

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Members of a new task force charged with making recommendations to the General Assembly on balancing victim privacy under Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission with the public's right to know acknowledge they face a challenging job.

The 17-member group must provide state lawmakers with a report by Jan. 1.

State legislators created the task force as part of a new law that blocked release of crime scene photos and video evidence from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and other homicides.

The legislation also bars the release of certain police audio tapes until May 2014. The task force is expected to recommend how such recordings, including descriptions of homicide victims, should be handled in the future.

The task force includes representatives from a wide range of professions.

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