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  • Controversial Judge, Suspended In 2009 After Racially Charged Rant, Seeks Reappointment

     Controversial Judge, Suspended In 2009 After Racially Charged Rant, Seeks Reappointment
    Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa R. Cofield — who in recent years has served two disciplinary suspensions, one for 240 days after hurling racially charged taunts at a black state trooper during her October 2008 drunken-driving arrest — has...
  • Supreme Court Scrutinizes Inmate's Challenge To Provision In Death Penalty Repeal

    In highly anticipated arguments Tuesday before the Connecticut Supreme Court, a convicted killer's lawyer offered what he called a simple solution to settling the controversy over a death penalty repeal that excluded inmates already on death row. "You...
  • Connecticut May Be Ahead of the Curve When It Comes to Pardoning Convicts

    Connecticut May Be Ahead of the Curve When It Comes to Pardoning Convicts
    If you've been convicted of a federal crime, it's almost impossible to get a pardon. Doesn't matter if you've served your time and turned your life around, or that the crime happened decades ago — your chances of getting pardoned remain virtually...
  • A Little-Known Connecticut Group Works to Oppose Gun-Control Legislation

    A Little-Known Connecticut Group Works to Oppose Gun-Control Legislation
    One of the odd coincidences of the Newtown tragedy is that the headquarters of one of the biggest anti-gun-control groups in the nation stands less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School — almost close enough to hear the gunfire. It's...
  • Controversial Right-Wing Blogger Sues Connecticut State Officials

    Controversial Right-Wing Blogger Sues Connecticut State Officials
    Right-wing blogger, radio talk jock, and occasional paid informant for the FBI Harold “Hal” Turner has been having a hell of a time. He claims he’s been unfairly jailed by the feds, “railroaded” by a corrupt Connecticut legal...
  • Should Civilians Be Allowed to Carry Tasers?

    Should Civilians Be Allowed to Carry Tasers?
    It's legal in Connecticut to carry a killer handgun powerful enough, in the immortal words of Dirty Harry, "to blow yer head clean off." What you can't have on your person or in your car as a private citizen in this state is a (theoretically) non-lethal...
  • The Racial-Profiling Scandal In East Haven Is Unresolved, While Officials Try to Install Reforms

    The Racial-Profiling Scandal In East Haven Is Unresolved, While Officials Try to Install Reforms
    Suppose Connecticut had a centralized system where all cops who made traffic stops had to send electronic reports on who they pulled over, the race of the person, the reason for the action and the outcome. The reports could be checked against stuff like...
  • Christopher Toppi Will Be Tried In Juvenile Court

    Christopher Toppi, the driver of the car involved in a fatal school bus accident in January, will be tried in juvenile court. Toppi's lawyer Michael Georgetti argued in Superior Court on Thursday that a law that went into effect Jan. 1 allowed for the...
  • Rep. Holder-Winfield: Longtime Champion Of Death Penalty Repeal

    Rep. Holder-Winfield: Longtime Champion Of Death Penalty Repeal
    State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield is so closely associated with the drive to repeal Connecticut's death penalty that he says someone once asked him, "Do you work on anything else?" In fact, the two-term Democrat from New Haven noted that he has been...
  • Chief Of Staff, Communications Director Leave Malloy Administration

    In a blow to the administration, Governor Dannel Malloy's trusted chief of staff, his deputy chief, and communications director are all leaving. Timothy F. Bannon, a workhorse who has held numerous positions in state government and the private sector,...
  • The War On Drugs Has Overpopulated Our Prisons. What if We Gave Prisoners the Option of Being Flogged Instead of Jailed?

    Since Gov. Dannel Malloy is hunting for ways to cut prison costs — he's already called for closing prisons and slashing 1,000 corrections jobs — maybe he'd be interested in an innovative suggestion that could dramatically reduce the number...