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Expectations high for a ground-breaking court nominee

Not so long ago, the man now poised to become the first black chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court was grabbed by a white clerk in a Litchfield County hardware store on a suspicion he was a shoplifter. It was a misunderstanding, one that left Richard A. Robinson livid and humiliated. It was fodder Monday at Robinson’s confirmation hearing, which focused at times less on Robinson than the role of race in America and in the courts of Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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New AG opinion a blow to tribes’ East Windsor casino

Attorney General George Jepsen strongly warned the legislature Tuesday against allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly develop a casino in East Windsor without the approval of the U.S. Interior Department, a condition of the 2017 law permitting the project to compete with MGM Springfield. The opinion is likely to be the final blow in this legislative session to any hopes by the tribes to circumvent the requirement for Interior Department approval.
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Juvenile center, ‘costly relic of Rowland era,’ closes

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School — the product of bid-rigging, outdated thinking and poor execution by the administration of Gov. John G. Rowland — closed Thursday as the last three young occupants left the sprawling detention center for home or private residential facilities. Continue Reading →

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After abuse scandal, CT lawmakers push to reform Whiting

About a year after cruel, ongoing abuse of a Whiting Forensic patient was revealed, the legislature’s Public Health Committee has reported out three bills aimed at reforming the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility by increasing transparency and oversight. Continue Reading →

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A more diverse judiciary, including a leader’s brother-in-law

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has embraced a more inclusive approach to judicial nominations, he has not turned away the well-connected: His latest nominees include two former Democratic lawmakers, Eric D. Coleman and James F. Spallone, and the 35-year-old brother-in-law of House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and the 39-year-old daughter of John F. Droney Jr., the former Democratic state chairman.  Continue Reading →

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Malloy nominates Richard A. Robinson as chief justice

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday nominated Associate Justice Richard A. Robinson of Stamford to become chief justice of the Supreme Court, tapping a nominee first appointed as a lower-court  judge by a Republican. If confirmed by the legislature, Robinson would be the first African-American leader of the state’s highest court. Continue Reading →

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Malloy names Ingrid Moll to Appellate Court, 11 to trial bench

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Judge Ingrid L. Moll as a judge of the Appellate Court and 11 lawyers as judges of the Superior Court on Tuesday, leaving for another day his choice to be chief justice of Connecticut’s highest court, the Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Jepsen turns up the heat on Facebook

Upon revelations that Cambridge Analytica had harvested extensive psychographic information from about 50 million Facebook users, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen demanded that Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg answer the questions many Americans were asking: “How and why was their personal data exploited?” He spoke with the Connecticut Mirror about why he launched a multi-state inquiry. Continue Reading →

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Senate GOP blocks confirmation of McDonald as chief justice

Senate Republicans voted as a bloc Tuesday to deny the confirmation of Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of Connecticut Supreme Court, stopping the ascent of a political and legal trailblazer for the gay community, a factor that opponents insisted was irrelevant and supporters said could not be ignored. Sen. Joan Hartley of Waterbury was the lone Democrat to vote against McDonald’s confirmation, which failed 19 to 16. Continue Reading →

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GOP tells Malloy it will block confirmation of McDonald

Senate Republican leader Len Fasano informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday that all 18 GOP senators intend to vote Tuesday against the confirmation of his friend and former legal adviser, Andrew J. McDonald, as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. With the recusal of one Democratic senator in the evenly divided Senate, the GOP has a majority of 18-17 on the question of whether McDonald would be confirmed as the first openly gay chief justice of the highest court in any state. Continue Reading →

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