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Covidtopia: Connecticut's Courts Are Rudderless

The pandemic, I am afraid, is showing no signs of easing, and that means that the courts, at least in Connecticut, my home state, will remain shuttered for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, nine months into this and there is still nothing like a reliable clearinghouse for information...

What To Do When Public Health And Liberty Collide

We’re approaching the ninth month of this pandemic, and the good news is that books written about it are hitting the press. The most unnerving thing about the pandemic thus far has been a lack of perspective. Good books provide that.
I missed John Fabian...

Covidtopia: Playing With Fire In Connecticut Courts

Finally, something that sounds like reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the courts in Connecticut.
A client of mine faces federal narcotics charges. His case was set for trial in early December in Hartford. At a pre-trial conference with a federal judge moments...

Covidtopia --Is Connecticut's Judicial Branch Paying Attention?

I’ve been tempted from time to time to become a judge. Being relieved from the grind of eking a living from the raw suffering of others is the principal draw: imagine never having to ask another human being whose life hangs in the balance for a fee? And think of the ability to do...

Covid-19 and Speedy Trials: Judge Carney Nails It

Wow. Just wow. A shot, or make that a judicial ruling, was just fired that should be heard in every courtroom and courthouse in the nation. United States District Judge Cormac Carney did the right, but unthinkable – he dismissed a prosecution brought by the United States Government...

Covid-19 and Speedy Trials; Judge Carney Nails It

Wow. Just wow. A shot, or make that a judicial ruling, was just fired that should be heard in every courtroom and courthouse in the nation. United States District Judge Cormac Carney did the right, but unthinkable – he dismissed a prosecution brought by the United States Government...

Covidtopia, the Courts and Pro Se Litigants

Here’s a wrinkle I didn’t foresee in Covidtopia, our brave new world bounded by the pandemic.
A colleague of mine appeared in court in central Connecticut this morning. This in and of itself is remarkable. There are no jury trials taking place, and there...

Connecticut Hoping To Resume Jury Trials

I was startled during my annual physical this week when I asked my family physician how much longer he expected the pandemic to require restricted activity. “At least a year,” he said. When I asked him what he thought of my traveling by air in the near term, his answer was...


Memo To Angela Alvarado: The Constitution Has Not Been Suspended

One of the most startling emails I received during the current pandemic involved a class action lawsuit on behalf of inmates in a midwestern federal prison. The ACLU wanted prisoners released on a compassionate basis due to the threat of infection. What shocked me was that obesity was a...

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