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March 14, 2019

Court Opens Door for Sandy Hook Parents to Sue Gun Maker

by Courthouse News Service | Mar 14, 2019 1:07pm
Posted to: Courts | Public Health | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Reviving a lawsuit by the families of Sandy Hook victims, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday that federal law does not pre-empt claims over the marketing of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the 2012 elementary school massacre.

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March 12, 2019

Law Enforcement Seeks To Curb Juvenile Car Thefts With Legislation

by Jack Kramer | Mar 12, 2019 4:56pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Law enforcement officials in many towns across the state claim they are being hit by a wave of auto thefts.

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Connecticut’s Top Prosecutor Wants More Staff

by Lisa Backus | Mar 12, 2019 12:00pm
Posted to: Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite a $2.4 million budget increase recommended by Gov. Ned Lamont, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said he’s looking for another $1.5 million on top of that to continue and expand a successful court diversion program while also meeting the needs of legislators who are calling for greater transparency within the Division of Criminal Justice.

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March 8, 2019

Court Recording Monitors Fear Job Loss With Outsourcing in Bill

by Lisa Backus | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Courts | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Budget | State Capitol

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While both sides agree that integrity matters when it comes to the accurate and timely transcription of court proceedings, the state’s court recording monitors are protesting what they believe is a move by Judicial Branch officials to outsource their jobs.

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March 7, 2019

What Should Remain Public Information In Criminal Investigations?

by Jack Kramer | Mar 7, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — Whether the public should have access to all evidence seized in a criminal investigation was the subject of a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday.

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March 5, 2019

Judicial Branch Cuts Threaten Security, Juvenile Justice Programs

by Lisa Backus | Mar 5, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — Judicial Branch officials told members of the Appropriations Committee Monday that Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed Judicial Branch budget will jeopardize courthouse security and juvenile justice programs.

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February 18, 2019

Connecticut Joins 15 Other States In Suing Trump Over Emergency Declaration

by Christine Stuart | Feb 18, 2019 10:22pm
Posted to: Courts | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said Monday that Connecticut will join 15 other states in suing President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to build a wall with funding that wasn’t appropriated by Congress.

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February 15, 2019

OP-ED | Rehabilitation Should Be Afforded to Youth, Too

by Sarah Bryer | Feb 15, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Juvenile Justice | Opinion | Cheshire

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The National Juvenile Justice Network, comprising 53 state-based advocacy organizations across 42 states and the District of Columbia, has frequently recognized Connecticut as a leader in its creation of a rehabilitative justice system for youth under 18. In this vein, we were pleased to see in your Feb. 5, 2019, article that Gov. Ned Lamont visited the T.R.U.E. Unit at Cheshire Correctional Institute where the program is committed to ending mass incarceration.

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February 13, 2019

Fasano Says His Former Legal Counsel Should Serve Time If Found Guilty

by Jack Kramer | Feb 13, 2019 2:02pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT —  Struggling with his emotions Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano said he thought “prison should be on the table” if the former lawyer for the Senate Republican caucus is convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican PAC.

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February 11, 2019

Lengthy Investigations of Police-involved Shootings Prompt Calls for Legislation

by Lisa Backus | Feb 11, 2019 4:06pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | State Budget | Bridgeport | New Britain

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NEW BRITAIN, CT — Advocates say 13 months is too long to wait for investigations into police-involved shootings, but legislators in Hartford are wary of setting a deadline even though they empathize with victims’ families.

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