Adam Lanza

Appeal focuses on Newtown officials' actions before shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School officials failed to follow mandated security protocol and order a lockdown that may have saved lives immediately after the gunman shot his way through the locked entrance, a lawyer for the parents of two children killed in the massacre told a Connecticut appeals court on Wednesday.

Attorney Devin Janosov tried to convince three judges on the state Appellate Court that they should overturn a lower court ruling that dismissed the parents' wrongful death lawsuit against the town of Newtown and its schools. It's not clear when the judges will issue their decision.

A lawyer for the town, Charles DeLuca, argued that ordering a lockdown was...