Five days before the Democratic state convention is to endorse a candidate for attorney general, the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments over Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s qualifications for the office.

Oral arguments will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the state’s Supreme Court in Hartford. The Democratic convention begins Friday and will endorse candidates for the statewide constitutional offices Saturday.

Bysiewicz asked the court to expedite the case after the Connecticut Republican Party filed an appeal of Superior Court Judge Michael R. Sheldon’s ruling that Bysiewicz practiced law as secretary of the state and therefore has the minimum experience required to become attorney general.

“I am very pleased that the Supreme Court has granted my request to expedite this case so that we have a quick, clear and final decision prior to the Democratic State Convention. This news is good for both Democratic delegates to the State Convention and Connecticut voters who deserve a final decision and the opportunity to participate in our electoral process,” she said in an emailed statement.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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