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Judge Rules Docs Taken from Sandy Hook Shooter’s House Must Stay Secret

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Corky Siemaszko | NBC News

Many of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's darkest secrets are going to stay secret.

A Connecticut judge has overturned a decision by the state's Freedom of Information Commission to release a spiral-bound notebook that the mass murderer called "The Big Book of Granny" and into which he poured his thoughts, The Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.

The judge also nixed the release of a spreadsheet of earlier mass killings that Lanza created, according to the Courant, which had requested the items.

The FOIA, Judge Carl Schuman wrote, does not apply to "documents that were private property before seizure by the police and that a court would ordinarily order returned to the rightful owner by the end of a criminal case."

Schuman agreed that if Lanza had been tried for the December 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the items The Courant requested would likely have been made public.

But there was no trial because Lanza killed himself after gunning down 20 first graders and six staffers with a .223-caliber Bushmaster Model XM15 assault rifle at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He also murdered his mother.

Items taken from Lanza's home through a search warrant should remain confidential, Schuman ruled.

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