The Criminal Justice Commission is awaiting results of an investigation into the chief state’s attorney hiring of an official’s daughter.
Defense attorneys, judges and law professors with prosecutorial experience are encouraged to apply.
The state Senate acted quickly Friday to confirm Andrew J. McDonald to a second term on the Supreme Court.
Blocked as chief justice, Andrew J. McDonald is a shoo-in for another term as a Supreme Court justice.
It’s not clear what happens next.
All four applicants responded to the ACLU of Connecticut’s survey.
Drawing on a tactic they used in the gubernatorial election, criminal justice reformers seek to get applicants’ views on public record.
Just hours before his retirement was set to begin, Kevin Kane announced he will stay another 30 days to review Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy’s unresolved investigations into five police shootings.
“The idea is not to be throwing people in jail, but to change behavior,” said New Haven Alder Abigail Roth.
The Judiciary Committee vote came after legislators questioned McDonald for about 12 hours, pressing him on his Supreme Court vote to abolish Connecticut’s death penalty, his record as a Democratic legislator, and his friendship with Malloy.
A hearing today on the confirmation of Justice Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court comes as politicians, lawyers and advocates debate the question of how ideology and partisanship should be balanced against questions of intellect, competence and integrity in evaluating fitness for the bench.
How will it be possible to reform the state’s pension system when the people who are supposed to be representing the public share in all the benefits they confer on the unions? A first step would be to freeze benefits for all participants in the plans who are not covered by union contracts, and offer them 401k-type defined contribution plans for future service.
With Connecticut’s legislature having failed over two sessions to amend state laws to comply with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on long sentences imposed on children, Connecticut’s highest court will soon decide three cases that have the potential to impact dozens of state inmates.
The General Assembly on Wednesday confirmed Andrew J. McDonald, a former Democratic state senator and longtime confidant of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, as the first openly gay justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.