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State Education Authority
10:28 am
Fri October 28, 2011

CT Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Bridgeport Schools Case

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday challenging the state’s takeover of Bridgeport’s troubled public schools.  Much of the debate centered on whether officials followed proper steps before replacing local school board members with state appointees.

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Education Reform
10:23 am
Fri October 28, 2011

CT Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Bridgeport Schools Case

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments on Thursday challenging the state’s takeover of the Bridgeport Board of Education. The plaintiffs argue that the state cannot deny residents the right to vote for their local school board.

Last summer, most of the members of Bridgeport’s Board of Ed, along with the city’s superintendent and mayor asked the State Board to intervene in the city’s schools.  Within weeks, Connecticut’s Acting Education Commissioner had replaced Bridgeport’s elected school board with a state-appointed panel. 

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Public Defenders
12:37 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Budget Cuts Threaten Public Defenders

WNPR

In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.

We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:48 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Do 'Trigger Funds' Make Elections More Fair?

Flickr Creative Commons, Jan Seifert

Today, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona public financing law similar to the one in Connecticut. But campaign finance reform can be a little dry and hard to follow, so first, a little colorful history:

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Courts
3:30 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Court-Appointed Hearing Officer To Determine If East Haven Police Chief Keeps His Job

The Mayor of East Haven will allow a court-appointed hearing officer to determine whether the town’s police chief should keep his job.  

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Iraq War
7:57 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Court Martial of Connecticut Marine Staff Sergeant Postponed Indefinitely

The court-martial of a Marine Staff Sergeant from Connecticut has been postponed indefinitely.  Frank Wuterich of Meriden is accused of leading a 2005 assault that killed more than 20 Iraqi civilians.

In November 2005,  a squad of U.S. Marines led by Staff Sargeant Frank Wuterich, killed 24 men, women and young children in the Iraqi town of Haditha. The Marines had been searching for those responsible in an IED explosion that led to one death and two injuries. 

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Where We Live: Justice And The Courts

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

Of the four cardinal virtues, why is lady justice the only one who has a statue in courthouses around the world?

Yeah, in case you didn’t remember - those other virtues, Temperence, Prudence and Fortitude all seemingly have some role to play in our systems of law and governance.   But it's Justice that’s become the icon of democracy.

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Justice And The Courts

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

Of the four cardinal virtues, why is lady justice the only one who has a statue in courthouses around the world?

Yeah, in case you didn’t remember - those other virtues, Temperence, Prudence and Fortitude all seemingly have some role to play in our systems of law and governance.   But its Justice that’s become the icon of democracy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

The Osama Bin Laden Sideshow

Wikimedia Commons

More than I've said out loud, the Osama bin Laden sideshow that began last Sunday night has made me uncomfortable.

I'm kind of a freak for due process, even though I freely concede that a proper trial would have been a near-impossibility. On the other hand, there was Nuremberg, right?

The celebrations in New York and Washington D.C. seemed more appropriate for an NBA championship or a Super Bowl victory  -- not our killing of a hated enemy.

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Legal
7:40 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Thomas Ullmann Speaks Out About Cheshire Murder Case

As jury selection continues for the second trial in the 2007 triple murder in Cheshire, the attorney who represented the first defendant is speaking out about his client’s case.  

Attorney Thomas Ullmann says zealous legal representation in all cases is a foundation of our criminal justice system.

"Its what differentiates our system of government and the protection of individual rights from many other countries."

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Courts
8:33 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Campaign Finance

In just a few hours the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an Arizona case that may affect Connecticut's public campaign finance system.  We talk to Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror about her recent article.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:25 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Do Supreme Court Judges Need A Code Of Ethics?

Flickr Creative Commons, Tim Green aka atoach

A recent round of questions about conflicts of interest in the U.S. Supreme Court may place all three branches of government on a collision course.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Should Connecticut Change How It Selects Juries?

Flickr Creative Commons, Sam Howzit

Until recently, I didn't understand the degree to which Connecticut jury selection process -- called the voir dire -- differs from those of other states.

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Civil Rights
3:09 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

East Haven Police Chief Testifies Before FOIC Commission

East Haven’s Police Chief says he’s done his best to comply with all requests for information in connection with a federal investigation into alleged racial profiling by the town’s police officers.  

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Civil Rights
8:06 am
Tue January 25, 2011

East Haven Police Chief To Testify Before Freedom Of Information Commission

The Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford is to hear testimony on Tuesday from the Former Police Chief of East Haven.  He’s been subpoenaed in connection with an investigation into alleged racial profiling by East Haven police officers.

Former Police Chief Leonard Gallo is expected to testify about documents related to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police officers against Latinos.   

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Courts
2:38 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Judge Won't Immediately Rule in Attorney General Election

A state court judge said she would not immediately rule on the lawsuit brought by Republican Martha Dean that tries to disqualify Democrat George Jepsen from the race for attorney general. Dean filed suit earlier this week claiming that Jepsen didn’t have the required legal experience to serve as attorney general.

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