February 3, 2014
by Staff Report | February 3, 2014 5:42pm
September 27, 2013
by Terry D. Cowgill | September 27, 2013 5:29am
(UPDATED Sept. 29) Connecticut is a land of paradoxes. On the one hand, while some are trying to make secrecy the norm again, we still have some of the strongest freedom-of-information and open-government laws in the country. On the other hand, our state is sometimes run like a third-world country, replete with enough graft and chicanery to make Boss Tweed blush.
September 16, 2013
by Hugh McQuaid | September 16, 2013 5:30am
In recommending a prison sentence for his former campaign manager, prosecutors say the evidence makes it “plain” that former House Speaker Chris Donovan understood the scheme to trade campaign contributions for legislative influence.
September 5, 2013
by Christine Stuart | September 5, 2013 5:30am
A Waterbury police detective who co-owned a smoke shop was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for his role in a scheme to direct illegal congressional campaign donations to former House Speaker Chris Donovan.
June 5, 2013
by Doug Hardy | June 5, 2013 10:30am
On Nov. 2, 2011, federal investigators were made aware of a conspiracy to influence a key state legislator in an effort to preserve a tax loophole for smoke shops using roll-your-own tobacco machines in Connecticut. CTNewsJunkie has provided all the pertinent evidence from the corruption trial of Robert Braddock Jr. in an easy format where you can read, listen, or watch it in chronological order.
June 3, 2013
by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 8:59pm
by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 3:12pm
MAY 2-3, 2012: In an effort to cooperate with federal prosecutors, Harry “Ray” Soucy makes calls to both Josh Nassi and Chris Donovan. He shares with Nassi that he’s had a heart attack, and uses the health issue to apply pressure to Nassi to get him to confirm Donovan’s support for the defeat of the RYO legislation.
May 31, 2013
by Doug Hardy | May 31, 2013 2:31am
Government Exhibit 3: Recording of entire morning:
NOV. 16, 2011: During a pre-meeting discussion, Harry “Ray” Soucy tells Patrick Castagna and George Tirado that he already has spoken with Robert Braddock, Chris Donovan, and Campaign Manager Josh Nassi, and that they know the plan.
May 28, 2013
by Doug Hardy | May 28, 2013 12:07pm
NOV. 2, 2011: Prosecutors say the telephone records above are verification that Harry “Ray” Soucy called both House Speaker Chris Donovan and his congressional campaign manager, Josh Nassi, on Nov. 2, 2011.
June 6, 2012
by Christine Stuart and Hugh McQuaid | June 6, 2012 7:00pm
Labor leaders and supporters who have known House Speaker Chris Donovan for years rallied outside Capitol Place in Hartford on Wednesday where they touted his political career in the face of a federal investigation that threatens to derail it.