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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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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:

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

In April 2010, East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon placed Police Chief Leonard Gallo on paid administrative leave. That was just after the U.S. Department of Justice released early findings of its investigation into allegations of race-based violence, harassment and intimidation of Latinos by the town’s police. The DOJ cited the police department’s outdated policies on conduct and a lack of appropriate guidelines on the use of force.

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. 

A New Britain man has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for forcing two teenagers into prostitution. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, 31-year-old Jarell Sanderson was prosecuted under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

U.S District Judge Mark Kravitz sentenced Sanderson to 310 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for the sex trafficking of two 14-year-old girls.

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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.

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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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.

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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Mar 28, 2011

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

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.  

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.   

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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