Civil and criminal justice

Recent Posts

Connecticut, hospitality industry join to fight sex trafficking

The warning signs can be a well-dressed man of a certain age checking in to a hotel with an ill-dressed minor girl. The girl might be unwilling or unable to make eye contact. Or she doesn’t have her own money, ID or cell phone. She might show evidence of abuse, physical or psychological. By law, Connecticut hotels now must train their staffs to recognize them. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Moody’s settles with AG, to pay Connecticut $31.5 million

A lawsuit originated by the state attorney general’s office in 2010 against one of the villains in “The Big Short,” the book-and-movie depiction of the factors behind the 2008 market collapse, ended Friday with an $864 million national settlement that will bring Connecticut’s general fund $31.5 million. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , ,

One legislator’s solitary campaign against family court judges

Toxic marriages, epic custody fights and an inner-city lawmaker’s willingness to antagonize colleagues and dress down family court judges seeking reappointment came together this week in an extraordinarily raw day of judicial confirmation hearings at the General Assembly. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , ,

Blumenthal calls Sessions hostile to civil rights, will oppose confirmation

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that he will oppose the confirmation of fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general because his colleague from Alabama has a record that “reflects a hostility and antipathy and downright opposition to civil rights.” Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Blumenthal presses Sessions on his links to controversial groups

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal provoked one of the liveliest exchanges in the day-long confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, by pressing him on his links to controversial groups who have given him awards. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Blumenthal vows to grill Sessions on gun stance

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Sessions will face scrutiny on his civil rights, immigration and reproductive health issues during his confirmation hearing on his nomination to be the next U.S. attorney general, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal also plans to ask the Alabama lawmaker about this record on gun issues. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Connecticut leads 20 states alleging price-fixing in generic drugs

Attorney General George Jepsen’s office is leading a multi-state investigation of generic drug companies that culminated Thursday in a federal price-fixing lawsuit filed in Hartford that complements an unfolding criminal antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Troubled schools on trial: Will a scathing court decision lead to action?

While changing the way the state distributes school aid among towns may draw substantial support from legislators and the governor, they have shown little interest in, or have outright rejected, changing other polices a Superior Court judge found unconstitutional. Last of seven stories. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Troubled schools on trial: Special education driving costs and controversies

The rate at which students are identified for special education varies drastically across school districts, and school officials differ on whether that’s because districts are over- or under-indentifying students. But they agree the rising cost to educate these students has outpaced inflation and crowds out other supports for students. The state judge presiding over a recent school funding trial blamed the state for not enforcing clear mandates on who is entitled to special education. Sixth of seven stories. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Cigna distances itself from Anthem at key point in merger trial

WASHINGTON — Hostilities between proposed merger partners Anthem and Cigna were on full display Tuesday at a key point of a U.S. antitrust trial over the deal. Cigna attorney Rick Rule said the company did not sign a key closing document because it did not agree with Anthem’s characterizations of the testimony of certain Cigna witnesses. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Troubled schools on trial: What does a high school diploma prove?

A seeming paradox – rising graduation rates coupled with low standardized test scores and high demand for remedial courses in college – was among the reasons that a Hartford Superior Court judge ruled that the state fails to provide students with the education the state constitution says they are entitled to. Fifth of seven stories. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,