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March 5, 2015

Rowland’s Lawyers Ask For New Trial

by Hugh McQuaid | March 5, 2015 12:39pm

Douglas Healey File Photo Two weeks before former Gov. John G. Rowland is scheduled to be sentenced for campaign corruption crimes, his lawyers made a last-minute pitch asking a federal court judge to order a new trial.

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March 2, 2015

Supreme Court Orders New Sentencing Hearing for Juvenile Offender, But Leaves Rest to Legislature

by Hugh McQuaid | March 2, 2015 5:30am

Michael Lee-Murphy file photo The state Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a man sentenced to life in prison for a murder he committed as a minor. But the court left up to the legislature to decide whether similarly situated offenders should be granted parole hearings. 

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February 25, 2015

Judge Rejects Rowland’s Push For New Trial, Sets March 18 Sentencing

by Hugh McQuaid | February 25, 2015 12:11pm

Hugh McQuaid File Photo A judge rejected former Gov. John G. Rowland’s efforts to force a new trial on his recent convictions and scheduled a March 18 sentencing hearing — exactly 10 years after Rowland was sentenced to a year in prison for crimes while in office.

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February 17, 2015

Sandy Hook Families Say Complaint Against Bushmaster Belongs in State Court

by Hugh McQuaid | February 17, 2015 11:35am

Hugh McQuaid file photo Lawyers suing gun sellers and manufacturers on behalf of 10 families of Sandy Hook shooting victims are seeking to reverse a decision to hear the case in federal court rather than in a Connecticut Superior Court.

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February 13, 2015

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Calls For Action On Report

by Hugh McQuaid | February 13, 2015 11:46am

Hugh McQuaid Photo The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission wrapped up more than two years of work Friday by accepting its report on the 2012 Newtown murders and making a plea to policymakers to adopt its recommendations.

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February 11, 2015

OP-ED | Marijuana Legalization in Connecticut? It’s Worth a Shot

by Susan Bigelow | February 11, 2015 8:16pm

Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. That’s part of why two Connecticut lawmakers, Reps. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, and Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, want to bring legalization east.

Is that a good idea? What will happen if we fully legalize marijuana?

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February 9, 2015

Feds Say Rowland Got A Fair Trial

by Hugh McQuaid | February 9, 2015 12:53pm

Douglas Healey File Photo Prosecutors filed court documents Friday rejecting former Gov. John Rowland’s claim they withheld evidence that could have helped Rowland fight the corruption charges a jury found him guilty of in September.

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February 6, 2015

OP-ED | A Second Chance for All of Us

by Susan Bigelow | February 6, 2015 12:30pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a series of criminal justice reform proposals this week that he was calling “Second Chance Society.” The name comes from the idea that his proposals will give a second chance to people who might have found themselves in prison for minor offenses, but really these proposals, and the door they open, give that chance to everyone else as well.

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Two Lawmakers Look To Legalize Marijuana

by Hugh McQuaid | February 6, 2015 11:30am

Shutterstock Two state lawmakers are seeking to legalize and tax the sale of recreational marijuana in Connecticut. They want it to be seen as a revenue generator and boon to the state’s economy.

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February 5, 2015

Community Providers Warn Against Budget Cuts

by Christine Stuart | February 5, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo Nonprofit human service providers worry that budget cuts, like the $25 million one to mental health and substance abuse grants, will be carried forward in the 2016 budget.

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