Malloy stands by Marcus, just not too closely

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave a measured endorsement Friday of his judicial nominee, Shelley Marcus, who gave legal advice to women who ran a pyramid scheme known as “gifting tables.”

“Yeah,” Malloy said, asked if he still had confidence in Marcus, his nominee for the Superior Court. “What I’m going to do is wait until this whole thing is over, and we’ll take a look at it. There is no reason to do anything at this point.”

Marcus was one 15 lawyers nominated to the Superior Court on Jan. 24. The next day, Marcus emerged as a witness in a federal fraud trial, facing questions about the advice she and her father, former Democratic State Chairman Ed Marcus, gave to women running a gifting table in their hometown of Branford.

Neither Marcus has been accused of wrongdoing.

Malloy said Shelley Marcus did not disclose her involvement in the gifting table or that she was about to be called as a witness in a federal criminal trial.

Should it have come up?

Malloy demurred, saying he was unsure if Marcus knew her legal advice would be an issue in a federal trial when she was screened by his legal staff.