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New Haven attorney withdraws $100M legal claim

The lawyer for an unidentified survivor of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has withdrawn a $100 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut.

Irving Pinsky, of the Law Offices of Irving J. Pinsky P.C. in New Haven, said in a Jan. 2 television interview that he will continue to investigate the shooting and to collect evidence for a future claim.

Pinsky, who filed a $100 million legal claim against the Connecticut Board of Education, the Connecticut Department of Education and state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor on behalf of the family of an unidentified six-year-old girl who survived the attack, told CNN that state officials could have acted to prevent Adam Lanza’s massacre that killed 20 first-grade students and six staff at Sandy Hook.

State Attorney General George Jepsen said in a statement that the court system “is not the appropriate venue for that important and complex discussion” over the causes of the shooting and the appropriate response for the state to take.

“Although the investigation is still under way, we are aware of no facts or legal theory under which the State of Connecticut should be liable for causing the harms inflicted at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Nor does the claim letter filed in this case identify a valid basis to support a claim against the state and, by extension, its taxpayers,” Jepsen said.

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