Connecticut’s Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on whether the state’s death penalty repeal violates the constitutional rights of inmates currently on death row. The law ends capital punishment for all future crimes.
When Connecticut repealed the death penalty last year, the change was “prospective”, not retroactive.
That means capital punishment is abolished for future cases, but not for inmates already facing execution.
WNPR ongoing coverage of the investigation and manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. As the search takes over the greater Boston area, it also has implications for Connecticut residents.
Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.
About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student.
Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.
But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.
TV cameras persist in Torrington nearly a week after vicious online comments about an alleged statutory rape victim went viral. Now the town is wrestling with some difficult questions. School district officials say they’re doing their best to protect student confidentiality and to move forward.
What is this story we're unpacking today? In a nutshell, two Torrington high school football players -- both 18 -- and a third boy -- 17 and therefore unidentified -- were arrested and charged with statutory rape arising from sex with two 13 year old girls. When the news came out, a group Torrington students jumped on social media and publicly blamed the victims. They called the girls whores and snitches, and demanded to know why they were not being punished.
Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a repeal of the state’s death penalty into law. The signing ceremony took place Wednesday - just hours after a new poll showed state voters split over an appropriate punishment for murder.
Governor Malloy signed the bill abolishing capital punishment in a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims.
The European Court of Human Rights has cleared the way for a British terror suspect, wanted in Connecticut, to be extradited.
37-year old Babar Ahmad is accused of raising funds for terrorists through an internet service provider based in Trumbull, Connecticut.
He was arrested as part of a larger investigation that led to the 2008 conviction of former Navy sailor Hassan Abu-Jihaad. Abu-Jihaad leaked classified information through a website that Ahmad allegedly operated.
We tend to see familiar patterns in the life around us. When a Trinity student was badly beaten on a street bordering the college, we saw violence coming from the neighborhood. When the Hartford police released a description of the suspects as white women and men in their twenties, many of us didn't let that alter our understanding of what had happened.
But in the four weeks since the assault, other versions of the story have trickled out across the campus and through the city.
In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra held a press conference today/yesterday to ask the public for help in solving the case of a city man found in the street last month. The man, Dartanyon Blake, later died. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Blake's family has said he was the victim of a hit-and-run in the city's Blue Hills neighborhood. Police say that that's one of the options they're looking into, but that the investigation has slowed -- and they need some help from the community. Segarra agreed. "This is very important.
Two years ago, we told you the story of Dartanyon Blake -- then a 37-year-old man, born and raised in Hartford, who got in trouble young and who couldn't get out. Blake passed away recently. WNPR's Jeff Cohen has this remembrance.
Homicides in New Haven reached a near-record high in 2011. The city’s new police chief spoke to WNPR about what it will take to stop the violence.
There were 34 homicides in New Haven last year. Police Chief Dean Esserman says the face of violence in the city reflects other cities across the nation.
"This country of ours is not at war on the streets of America. Providence kills Providence. Hartford, Hartford. New Haven, New Haven. These are our own children killing each other. And it needs to stop."
The city of Hartford is building a new, $77 million public safety complex to help protect its residents. But, the complex could use some protection itself. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, thieves have stripped it copper at least five times since May. When it opens in 2012, the public safety complex will be the new home of Hartford's police, fire, and emergency communications divisions. But so far, it's been an open invitation for thieves. David Panagore is the city's chief operating officer.
Young people in New Haven are tackling the crime problem with microphones and video cameras. This is just part of a growing number of youth media projects that are opening up ears and minds about young people growing up around the world.
Today, we’ll talk to the head of Youth Rights Media in New Haven - and a Yale World Fellow and Ted Fellow Gavin Sheppard. He started his own organization in Toronto, empowering youth through creative industries like music and writing.
State prosecutors and Hartford Police say there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop. Hartford Police Union officials say its officers did nothing wrong.
Nappier told the Hartford Courant that she had dropped off a friend when police stopped her. And she questioned whether being black, in a black car, in a black neighborhood may have made police suspicious. But, according to the police union, there's more to the story.
A military jury has found a U.S. Army National Guardsman guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian.
Sgt.Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., was convicted Wednesday. He was assigned to a Connecticut National Guard unit attached to the 101st Airborne Division at the time of the shooting in Eastern Afghanistan.
WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Associated Press reporter, Kristin M. Hall who covered the trial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. .