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Joe Lieberman sues CT for $610M for tribe he fought as senator

Joseph I. Lieberman:

A dozen years after making the case in Washington that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation wasn’t really a tribe, former U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was introduced Friday as one of the lawyers demanding the state of Connecticut pay $610 million to compensate the Schaghticokes for 2,000 acres of tribal lands taken over 117 years, beginning in 1801. Continue Reading →

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From prison to freedom: ‘Our goal is to bat a thousand, but obviously that isn’t going to happen’


Edwin Glass went to prison with the expectation he would serve 51 months of a 60-month sentence, the 85-percent standard for a violent crime. He ended up doing 56 months, or 93 percent. Does that make Connecticut tough or lenient? Continue Reading →

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Murphy, stumping in Ohio for Clinton, Strickland, presses gun control

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy filibusters on the Senate floor Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy is testing the political effectiveness of his push for stricter gun laws in Ohio, a battleground for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and a state that could help decide control of the Senate. In an odd pairing, Murphy is trying to help elect Ted Strickland, a Democrat who was once one of the fiercest defenders of Second Amendment rights on Capitol Hill. Continue Reading →

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CCJEF attorneys ask high court to reject AG appeal, for now

Herbert C. Rosenthal, president of the coalition that brought the suit, called the decision  "a landmark victory."

The coalition of education reformers who won a suit striking down Connecticut’s school funding formula as unconstitutional on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to deny the attorney general’s request for an expedited appeal of the case. Continue Reading →

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Jepsen files appeal, says Moukawsher school ruling ‘legally unsupported’

Attorney General George Jepsen and his deputy, Perry Zinn-Rowthorn.

Attorney General George Jepsen’s office filed an appeal Thursday asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to conclude that a trial judge embarked on “an uncharted and legally unsupported path” last week in asserting authority over how the state distributes education aid and sets standards for graduating from high school, serving special-needs students and evaluating teachers. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, a plaintiff and then a defendant, hedges on school appeal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the CCJEF appeal decision belongs to the attorney general.

NEW HAVEN — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday he agreed with the “core” of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s finding last week that Connecticut’s distribution of education aid was so irrational as to be unconstitutional, but the ruling raises so many legal and practical complexities that he will defer a decision on an appeal to Attorney General George Jepsen. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Reforms help shrink prison population to a 20-year low

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a prison population milestone outside a correctional facility in Hartford.

Connecticut’s prison population briefly fell below 15,000 inmates this month for the first time in nearly 20 years, a drop Gov. Dannel P. Malloy attributes to the bipartisan passage last year of lowering penalties for drug possession, a reform aimed at reducing incarceration without compromising public safety. Continue Reading →

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Judge strikes down state education aid choices as ‘irrational’

Herbert C. Rosenthal, president of the coalition that brought the suit, called the decision  "a landmark victory."

In a broad indictment of how Connecticut supports its poorest schools, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled Wednesday that the state’s method for distributing education aid is irrational and unconstitutional, while declining to second-guess the General Assembly on the ultimate level of state spending. Continue Reading →

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Bridgeport shootings bring Malloy to Ganim’s side

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at Troop G in Bridgeport.

BRIDGEPORT — The body language seemed strained while photographers were briefly allowed in a room crowded with local, state and federal law enforcement called to talk to about street shootings. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sat next to Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, never quite making eye contact with the mayor whose election he once opposed as an embarrassment to Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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CT Supreme Court rules in FOI case involving Ritter, CRRA

Justice Andrew McDonald

A unanimous ruling Monday by the Connecticut Supreme Court in a case involving a prominent lawyer-lobbyist, former House Speaker Thomas D. Ritter, seems to narrow the circumstances when a lawyer’s business or political advice is protected by lawyer-client privilege. Continue Reading →

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