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A judicial nominee and a nomination process are put to the test

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. Continue Reading →

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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 →

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High court milestone in Malloy’s next round of nominees

With Justice Peter T. Zarella retiring in December and Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 next October, the Connecticut Supreme Court soon will be dominated by appointees of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. After filling no vacancies for more than a year, Malloy is considering nominees for the trial, Appellate and Supreme courts. Continue Reading →

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On second-to-last day, 215 bills awaited final action

Beneath the struggle to pass a budget Tuesday, a fight that cast a shadow over everything and everyone in the State Capitol, were the myriad small dramas endemic to every session finale, when sleep-deprived lobbyists and legislators crash against the hard adjournment deadline of midnight Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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NRA fails to block judicial nomination of ‘anti-gunner’

The Connecticut legislature Friday ignored an NRA campaign to block the judicial nomination of a former legislator who co-sponsored the post-Newtown gun controls, voting overwhelmingly to confirm Auden C. Grogins of Bridgeport as a judge of the Superior Court. Continue Reading →

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New class of judges comes with connections

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated 15 Superior Court judges and one appellate judge Thursday, drawing heavily on lawyers with political pedigrees, including three former legislators: Maurice B. Mosley, Thomas G. Moukawsher and Andrew W. Roraback. The governor’s choice for the Appellate Court was Christine E. Keller of Hartford, who has a decade of experience as a trial judge and is considered an expert on juvenile justice issues. She also is connected to the legislature by marriage and blood. Keller is the wife of the lobbyist and former House speaker, Thomas D. Ritter, and the mother of Rep. Matt Ritter, D-Hartford. She would succeed Carmen Espinosa, who is awaiting confirmation to the state Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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