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Superior Court Judge Leslie Olear of West Hartford is no doubt a profoundly grateful jurist. She was nearly turned out of office by lawmakers the other day. The House of Representative voted 78-67 to permit her to keep her job, an unusually narrow margin. The state Senate voted 28-4 to keep her,...
If you're of a certain age, you will recall the Jetsons, as in the space-age cartoon characters who'd do such things as leave their pod for work or play by means of an airborne vehicle they flew themselves. As George would leave in the morning, the skies were full of other commuters, each coasting...
Remember "Miller's Boys," the gang of corrupt racist cops whom the feds prosecuted, calling them bullies with badges for their treatment of illegal immigrants in East Haven? Well, Sergeant David Miller, the presumed leader of the pack, was in federal court today (Wednesday) for sentencing, and...
It seems to shock friends when I tell them that it matters not at all to me whether a client has committed the very crime the state alleges. Even clients are wary. Some clients seem to suspect that if they tell you the truth, you won't defend them with all the might you can muster.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could very well find himself a defendant in a criminal prosecution as federal prosecutors investigate his administration's closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, spanning the Hudson River, between Fort Lee, N.J., and Manhattan. While he has been quick to...
I called one of the law's great septuagenarians just after the new year to commiserate about the passing of New Haven attorney William Gallagher.
"I didn't see this coming," he said, noting that Gallagher, like him, was in his 70s.
Death is unnerving that way. We...
I've never fully understood just why prostitution is a crime. Our courting and mating rituals as a species are complex. Prostitution seems, well, a more direct and sometimes honest, if pathetic, route to certain primal satisfactions.
Yet prostitution cases are common,...
Ethan Couch caught a break the other day in Fort Worth, Texas. It didn't outrage me at all. In a left-handed way, it almost made me hopeful.
The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile in a vehicular homicide that killed four people. He was drunk while driving a car. His...
Friends were surprised that I crossed the line to represent Jason Zullo, an East Haven cop accused of harassing Hispanics while on duty. And when he was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge, some of those same friends thought he wouldn't be going to prison long enough.
Only once have I had to take the witness stand to plead the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
I was seeking permission to withdraw from representation of a man on death row. My former partner and I were handling his appeal, trying to keep the state from killing him. When a...