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It was perhaps fitting that on the day the Danbury state's attorney released his report on last year's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, New Haven was under siege. It's a sign of the times, isn't it? Random acts of violence, amorphous terror and, always, armed men on the move,...
Anyone married for more than a few years has an intuitive grasp of the cognitive process known as framing: Once someone has decided to view you in a certain light, the facts just get in the way. Come home late to an angry spouse, and there is little you can say in your own defense, even if it is...
How many innocent men and women are sitting in prison? No one knows, exactly, and few care. A person who's been found guilty by a jury had their trial, right? And if they've lost their appeal, well, doesn't that settle it once and for all?
We know better, of course. The Innocence Project has...
St. Augustine reports the following conversation between Alexander the Great, who struggled to drive pirates from the Mediterranean Sea, and a hapless pirate who had fallen into the emperor's custody.
"How dare you molest the sea," Alexander said.
"How dare you molest the whole world,"...
Word of a new trial for Michael Skakel, a distant member of the Kennedy clan, spread quickly through the Connecticut bar. Some folks gloated over the fact that Mickey Sherman, his lawyer, had been so thoroughly laid to waste by Judge Thomas Bishop's 136-page decision ordering the trial, a...
Keep an eye on the case of State v. Lishan Wang, soon to be argued in the Connecticut Supreme Court. It has the potential to force significant and fundamental changes in the state's criminal justice system.
Dr. Wang, 47, is charged with murdering Dr. Vanjinder Toor in 2010. The two men were...
It's hard to understand why some folks are outraged by the decision of the Connecticut Board of Pardon and Parole to grant clemency to Bonnie Jean Foreshaw. It's not as though she was given a mere slap on the wrist after her conviction for the shooting death of a pregnant woman. Ms. Foreshaw has...
Who killed EugenioVega DeLeon? He was shot dead in his store on Grand Avenue in New Haven on July 4, 1993. One eyewitness claimed to have seen two men leave the store right after the shooting. She testified at a trial in 1995. Then she recanted her testimony at another trial in 2009. She then...
Should juries know about plea bargains rejected by those accused of crimes? We currently shield jurors from such knowledge. In most jurisdictions, jurors don't even have a role in determining the sentence to be imposed if they find a person guilty. That's the judge's job, we say. This scrambled...
We call trials a search for the truth, but the fact remains that what juries see at trial is often only the tip of the iceberg. Just beneath the surface, a massive and sometimes ugly reality supports the public display of testimony presented in open court. This is especially so in criminal cases,...