Court to hear former death row inmate’s appeal
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear the appeal of former death row inmate Lazale Ashby, who says he was wrongly convicted of murder and sexual assault in the 2002...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut probate court wrongly took control of nearly $1.3 million in Sept. 11 victim compensation funds earmarked for the young daughter of a World Trade Center attack...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Facing a newly revived wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun-maker Remington is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue...
State Supreme Court to hear case over recess assault
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the appeal of a mother whose daughter was assaulted by another student during an elementary school recess.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a Connecticut court reinstating part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by victims of the Newtown school shooting against gun maker Remington (all times...
Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut...
Connecticut Supreme Court issues fewer rulings in 2018
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say state Supreme Court rulings declined sharply in 2018, possibly a result of a major shakeup of the court over the past two years that included the appointments of a new chief justice and four new associate justices.
Newtown shooting, juror race cases before state high court
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is poised to have a busy 2019 dealing with cases involving the Sandy Hook school shooting, the race of jurors and homes with crumbling foundations.
Court says election dispute to be settled by House panel
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It's up to a special committee of the Democratic-controlled Connecticut House of Representatives to determine the ultimate winner of a legislative election.
In a decision read Friday from the bench, the Connecticut Supreme Court says it's up to the House, not the state's highest court, to certify the winner of Stratford's 120th Assembly District.
Court to hear arguments over crumbling foundations insurance
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether homeowners' insurance policies should cover repairs to thousands of homes with crumbling foundations caused by defective concrete.
Justices will hear arguments in three cases Tuesday.
Man convicted of threatening judge appeals to Supreme Court
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man convicted of threatening the judge in his divorce case is arguing free speech rights in taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Edward Taupier, of Cromwell, has filed documents asking the court to hear his appeal of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling in September that rejected his free speech arguments.
Election dispute headed to Connecticut Supreme Court
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A dispute over a Connecticut state legislative race won by an incumbent Democrat by 13 votes in a recount is headed to the state Supreme Court.
The court has agreed to hear an appeal by state Republicans involving Stratford's 120th House District. Arguments before the court are scheduled for Dec. 21 in Hartford.
Kennedy cousin asks court to refuse appeal on his conviction
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to refuse to hear an appeal by Connecticut prosecutors seeking to reinstate his murder conviction in the 1975 killing of his teenage neighbor.
Skakel's lawyer, Roman Martinez, wrote in a 37-page brief that the Connecticut Supreme Court was right when it vacated his client's murder conviction in May, citing his trial lawyer's failure to contact a key alibi witness and have him testify before a jury.
High court to hear appeal in lawsuit over train death
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A case involving the death of a man who was struck by a Metro-North train in Darien is going before the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Monday on whether federal law prevents Kevin Murphy's widow from filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Metro-North in state court.
The lawsuit says Murphy slipped on ice at the Noroton Heights train station, fell onto the tracks and was struck and killed by a Metro-North train in March 2013.
Sandy Hook shooter’s writings ordered released to public
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's personal belongings, including personal journals containing stories about hurting children and a spreadsheet ranking mass murders, must be released to the public because they are not exempt from open record laws, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Court overturns former senator’s campaign fraud convictions
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday overturned the campaign fraud convictions of former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernest Newton II and ordered a new trial for the outspoken Democrat, who served prison time a decade ago in a bribery case that prompted him to give up his Senate seat.
High court to hear appeal of man convicted of murder
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has set a date to hear the appeal of a Haitian immigrant who was convicted of killing a Connecticut woman in 2015.
The Norwich Bulletin reports that attorneys for 44-year-old Jean Jacques will present their case for a new trial before the high court Oct. 17.
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States urge Supreme Court to hear Kennedy cousin case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in the murder case of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel and reinstate his conviction.
The states filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday, saying a ruling in Connecticut's favor is needed to thwart excessive appeals that focused on mistakes made by defense lawyers. The court has not yet decided whether to hear Connecticut's appeal.
Connecticut high court to hear first cases of 2018-19 year
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Parents' rights, disability benefits and an attempted murder conviction are among the issues being taken up by the Connecticut Supreme Court as it begins its 2018-2019 year.
The court's first term of the new year starts Monday as it hears two appeals.
High court upholds conviction in judge threat case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Cromwell man convicted of threatening violence against a state judge who presided over his divorce case.
Edward Taupier argued there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of felony threatening and cited free speech rights. But the court ruled 7-0 against him in a decision released Friday.
Connecticut court vacates conviction in Amber Alert case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has vacated a felony murder conviction in a case that included the first Amber Alert ever issued in the state.
The high court, in a decision released Thursday, found that Jennifer Helmedach's lawyers should have told the then 24-year-old about a plea offer before she testified about her role in the September 2004 slaying of 20-year-old Faye Bennett in Meriden.
The ruling upholds an earlier Appellate Court decision.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction in a 1975 bludgeoning death to the U.S. Supreme Court.
State prosecutor James Killen notified the Connecticut Supreme Court of the planned appeal Tuesday. He said the court was wrong earlier this month when it reversed its own 2016 decision and vacated Skakel's murder conviction on the ground that Skakel's trial lawyer failed to call an alibi witness to the stand.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. says the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel, is effectively an "exoneration."
Kennedy said on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that he has recently spoken to Skakel, who was "elated" by the court's ruling May 4.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has asked the Connecticut Supreme Court for a better definition of the word "collapse" that could help decide whether homeowner insurance policies should cover repairs to thousands of homes with crumbling foundations caused by defective concrete.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a stunning reversal, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday overturned Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction in the 1975 bludgeoning death of a girl in wealthy Greenwich.
The high court issued a 4-3 ruling that Skakel's trial attorney failed to present evidence of an alibi. The same court in December 2016 had reinstated Skakel's conviction after a lower court ordered a new trial, citing mistakes by the trial attorney, Mickey Sherman.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a court ordering a new trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel (all times local):
A brother of the girl whom Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was accused of bludgeoning to death as a teenager says it is too soon to say what the family would want to have happen next in the case.
The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday vacated Skakel's murder conviction in the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley. The ruling calls for a new trial.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a historic vote, Connecticut lawmakers unanimously confirmed Associate Justice Richard Robinson as the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He becomes the first African-American to hold the judicial branch's top job.
Nearly the entire Connecticut Supreme Court has resigned from the state judges’ association, an action prompted at least in part by the lack of support the group gave to Justice Andrew McDonald’s nomination for chief justice, which failed last month in the state Senate.
Five of the current six members quit the Connecticut Judges Association, a collegial group which sponsors a scholarship, but primarily lobbies for judges’ pay raises in the Capitol.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A key legislative committee has approved Richard Robinson as the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
The Hartford Courant reports a final vote tally wasn't immediately announced Monday night, but Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on the Judiciary Committee repeatedly said "yes" when their names were called.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two former Connecticut Supreme Court justices advised Republican state lawmakers in last month's successful effort to reject Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nominee for chief justice, according to emails and a state lawmaker.
Retrial of man charged with killing new wife scheduled
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The retrial of a Connecticut man charged with killing his new wife has been scheduled for August.
The Norwich Bulletin reports that jury selection in the retrial of 54-year-old Chihan Eric Chyung is tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 20 with testimony beginning a week later.
Here we go again.
The ominous “activist judge” moniker is getting shined up again by the muscle-flexing Republicans in the General Assembly, who may maneuver themselves into a self-destructive moment, seven months out from the big statewide elections.
Court: New city election needed due to ballot meddling
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court says a third Democratic primary for Bridgeport City Council is needed in part because a police officer improperly collected absentee ballots at a Democratic party official's direction.
The court released its full decision in the case Monday, two months after upholding a lower court's ruling without explanation. The new primary is set for April 10. Four candidates are vying for two City Council seats.
Dear Sen. Scott Frantz:
I have had the distinct honor of serving on the Connecticut Bioscience Advisory Committee from its inception until last year. I was appointed originally by then Senator Minority Leader John McKinney; and reappointed by current Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano.
Senator, you were instrumental in my being able to secure these appointments, particularly my being a Democrat! I will be forever grateful to you extending to me the opportunity to serve the people of Connecticut.
State Sen. Len Fasano strode into the editorial board meeting with Hearst Connecticut Media at high noon Thursday and thunked a full 5-inch binder down on the table.
“Looks like you’ve got a lot to talk about, Len,” I quipped. He sure did.
The stuffed binder held decisions written by Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald in his five years on the court. Color sticky notes referenced key parts like dots on a map.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A newspaper lawyer urged the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday to allow reporters to examine some of the Newtown school killer's belongings, saying information on a possible motive for the 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults is of high public interest and concern.
In confirmation hearing, justice nominee denies activism
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut chief justice nominee Andrew McDonald denied Monday that he's an activist, a claim made by some critics who want legislators to oppose Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's choice to oversee the state's highest court.
Conservative groups have accused McDonald, a former state senator from Stamford and longtime friend of the governor, of putting his own liberal political beliefs ahead of the law.
Editorial: Scrutinize McDonald, but respect his history
THE ISSUE: On Monday, the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee is to begin the confirmation process to consider Andrew McDonald as the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. McDonald was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, for whom he served as corporation counsel when Malloy was mayor of Stamford and later as general counsel in the governor’s office. The nomination drew national attention because McDonald would be the first openly gay state Supreme Court chief justice in any state. McDonald has already made his mark as the first openly gay member of the state Supreme Court as well as the first to serve as a legislator.
Fight over Supreme Court chief justice nominee to take center stage
HARTFORD — The first battle of the 2018 election campaign will take place Monday when lawmakers consider the man who might become the first openly gay state Supreme Court chief justice in the United States.
Court rejects request to return Kennedy cousin to prison
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A request by prosecutors to revoke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bail and send him back to prison while his murder case appeal is pending has been rejected.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled against the state prosecutors' request late Wednesday but did not elaborate.
Court sets hearing on Newtown shooter’s belongings
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has scheduled arguments on whether state police have to publicly release some of the Newtown school killer's belongings, including a spreadsheet ranking mass murders and a violent story he wrote as a child.
Time to clean up absenteesThe League of Women Voters of the Bridgeport Area loudly applauds recent court decisions vacating the two previous Democratic primaries in City Council District 133, where I live and vote.Our local court and then the Connecticut Supreme Court reviewed court testimony that pointed to the appearance of fraud involving some absentee ballots.Our LWV chapter also thanks the Connecticut Post for its continuing news coverage of primary peculiarities, including our Town Clerk's...
Court asked to reconsider ruling on state education funding
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of cities, towns, parents and public school students is planning to ask the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that the state's education funding system is constitutional.
Leaders of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding say they plan to file a motion with the high court Friday afternoon.
Perhaps we missed it, but in all the coverage of the Connecticut Supreme Court's controversial ruling Wednesday that the state is meeting state constitutional requirements when it comes to public education, we did not find the constitutional language quoted.
So here it is: "There shall always be free public elementary and secondary schools in the state. The General Assembly shall implement this principle by appropriate legislation.”
Opposition to gay chief justice nominee sparks allegations of bigotry
The leading GOP opponent of the governor’s chief justice pick, who could make history as the first openly gay jurist in the nation to preside over a state Supreme Court, is being accused of homophobia.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst panned the nomination of Andrew J. McDonald to lead the seven-member court, saying that Stamford confidant of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was chosen for political reasons and has a history of legislating from the bench.
HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P., Malloy on Monday nominated a former Stamford corporation council to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Justice Andrew J. McDonald, a current Supreme Court Associate Justice and former state representative from Stamford, was placed on the court in 2013.
"Justice McDonald has proven himself to be a consummate, revered jurist who has an exceptional ability to understand, analyze, research, and evaluate legal issues," Malloy said.
Top Connecticut court cases in 2018 involve Newtown, Skakel
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions and hear arguments in a variety of notable cases in 2018, including a newspaper's quest for documents that belonged to the Newtown school shooter and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's appeal of his murder conviction.
Justices are scheduled to reconvene to hear cases from Jan. 16 to 18, followed by session that begins Feb. 20.
A look at some of the cases pending before the court:
Mattei switches from governor to attorney general run
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Mattei (MATT'-ee) says he's running for attorney general, switching gears from a possible gubernatorial run.
The Democrat announced his intentions Monday on the steps of the Connecticut Supreme Court building. It comes a week after Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen announced he will not seek a third term in 2018.
The Latest: Parents: Gun-makers show ‘disregard’ for lives
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on arguments before the Connecticut Supreme Court on whether gun-maker Remington Arms should be held liable for the Newtown school massacre (all times local):
The parents of a child who was killed in the 2012 Newtown school massacre say they have faith the company that made the military-style rifle used in the shooting will be held responsible.