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©  U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, said that state law required the releasing of  tapes from last year's shooting.  (Source: CNN) © U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, said that state law required the releasing of tapes from last year's shooting. (Source: CNN)

HARTFORD, CT (CNN) - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, said that based on Connecticut law the 911 tapes from last year's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School had to be made public.

The tapes were released Wednesday and some officials  had fought to keep them out of the public domain.

"We have in Connecticut a very strong freedom of information act, and the judge really had no choice but to order their release and the prosecutor had to yield to this process and he decided not to appeal that ruling," he said. "Of course my heart went to the families because they are now reliving the unspeakable and I will never forget the sights and sounds of parents emerging knowing that their children would not be coming home that day, and I think the tapes bring back those memories."

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