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June 15, 2018

Internal Report Criticizes Comey’s Handling of Clinton Investigation

by Peter Urban | Jun 15, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Ethics | Law Enforcement | White House

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The inspector general for the Justice Department released a detailed report this week critical of senior FBI leaders — including former Director James Comey — over how they handled the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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June 14, 2018

OP-ED | It’s Easy to be Numb to it All - Don’t Be

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 14, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | Ethics | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | White House

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U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro joined Democratic legislators this week in condemning the Trump administration’s ghastly, cruel, and inhumane policy of separating children from their undocumented migrant families. She called it “child abuse.”

But for just about everyone I know, the reaction has been to sigh, shake their heads, and let it pass through them. After all, it’s only one of many soul-destroying, terrifying, and deeply unjust things to happen this week.

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June 1, 2018

Trump Ponders Pardon for Ex-Westport Resident Martha Stewart

by Peter Urban | Jun 1, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | White House | Westport

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As Air Force One descended toward Houston, President Donald Trump told reporters gathered in the cabin that he is considering a pardon for Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of conspiring to lie about an alleged insider trading crime.

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May 31, 2018

Bump Stock Ban Signed Into Law, But Ghost Guns Will Have To Wait

by Jack Kramer | May 31, 2018 1:35pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Gun control advocates spent as much time Thursday talking about a law that didn’t pass as they did about the one that did during a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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May 25, 2018

OP-ED | Conspiracy Theory Thinking has Poisoned Politics

by Susan Bigelow | May 25, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal | Media Matters | Opinion | Newtown

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Radio host Alex Jones has for years spread a vile conspiracy theory that the 2012 mass shooting of innocent elementary school students and teachers in Newtown was some kind of hoax. In response, the families of six of the murdered children and teachers are taking Jones to court. Good — I think.

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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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May 9, 2018

Rape Kit Tracking Bill Goes To Gov

by Jack Kramer | May 9, 2018 3:21pm
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — The House passed legislation Wednesday designed to improve the tracking of rape kits once they are tested.

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May 8, 2018

Senate Sends Bump Stock Ban To Malloy

by Christine Stuart | May 8, 2018 11:21pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — The Senate gave final passage Tuesday to a bill that bans bump stocks, which are devices that modify semi-automatic rifles to increase their rate of fire closer to automatic.

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May 3, 2018

OP-ED | Take Action on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Reform Before End of Session

by Laura Cordes and Ilse Knecht | May 3, 2018 9:45pm
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety

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The millions of #MeToo stories illustrate the urgent need to do more to support survivors and remove the barriers that keep victims from reporting or staying involved in the criminal justice system.

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Bills Addressing Victim Arrests in Domestic Violence, Treatment of Female Prisoners Headed to Gov

by Christine Stuart | May 3, 2018 6:31pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — The House suspended its rules Thursday to send two bills to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The first would require police officers to determine the primary aggressor in intimate partner domestic violence calls and the other would prevent shackling of pregnant prisoners and other policies regarding women’s health while incarcerated.

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