About the Case


During the Spring 2020 semester, MFIA has been working to access Madison Police Department records relating to a homicide investigation.  Barbara Hamburg was tragically murdered nearly a decade ago and, despite thorough law enforcement efforts in the aftermath of the homicide, the case has been cold for years. The Connecticut Freedom of Information Act requires disclosure of these records unless their release would prejudice a specific prospective law enforcement actions. In February 2020, clinical students Sara Sampoli ’20 and Jake van Leer ’20 argued against the application of this exemption to these investigatory records at a fact-finding hearing before a Freedom of Information Commissioner. The case is now being briefed and will be considered by the full Freedom of Information Commission.

 

Key Documents

Complainants Brief

Complainants Reply Brief

Respondents Post Hearing Brief

Respondents Reply Brief