The Supreme Court Reverses Bridgeport School Board Takeover

At 3:35 this afternoon the Connecticut Supreme Court dropped a long-awaited bombshell: The state takeover of the Bridgeport school board broke the law. It ordered a new election to fill vacant seats. My clients, who are mid-term, presumably can return to work. I am much relieved.

State lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would make it easier for the state to takeover school boards. The effect of the bill would be to justify the takeover in this case. We're preparing for federal litigation in the event lawmakers are so bold as to declare that the vote does not matter in Connecticut.

Here's the decision:

Query: Why the timing? I hope it is something I said.-



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About Norm Pattis

Norm Pattis is a Connecticut based trial lawyer focused on high stakes criminal cases and civil right violations. He is a veteran of more than 100 jury trials, many resulting in acquittals for people charged with serious crimes, multi-million dollar civil rights and discrimination verdicts, and scores of cases favorably settled.

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