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Cromwell Man Charged with Threatening Judge, Court Employees Online

Cromwell Man Charged with Threatening Judge, Court Employees Online

- NBC Connecticut
A Cromwell man has been arrested on threatening charges after police say he made comments calling for the killing of judges and court employees on his Facebook page.
Edward Taupier, 52, of Cromwell, was arrested Friday after an investigation into comments he posted online between December 2016 and January 2017.
According to the arrest warrant, the investigation began when a judicial marshal from the Judicial District of Middletown reported concerns about a particular...

Beth Ann Carpenter, Serving Life In Prison, Goes To Federal Court Seeking A New Trial

Beth Ann Carpenter, Serving Life In Prison, Goes To Federal Court Seeking A New Trial

- Hartford Courant
The former Ledyard lawyer found guilty of convincing her boyfriend to hire a hit man to kill her brother-in-law, and then fleeing to Ireland to avoid prosecution, is again trying to have her conviction and life sentence thrown out.
Beth Ann Carpenter, 53, is going to federal court in a long-shot effort to have her state court conviction overturned.
Her lawyer, Norm Pattis, filed the federal habeas corpus petition on Wednesday. In it, Pattis argues that Carpenter's trial lawyers made...

Local prosecutors, defense attorneys argue merits of grand jury recording bill

Local prosecutors, defense attorneys argue merits of grand jury recording bill

- Gazette-Times
Corvallis defense attorney Jennifer Nash had been representing a client in a custody battle when the man was indicted last year by a grand jury on sexual abuse charges.
Nash was shocked. She knew the police had been investigating the case. But she also knew officers had received a report from the crime lab citing inconclusive evidence of abuse.
The attorney wasn’t sure how a grand jury had determined her client should be charged for sexual abuse. So she called Benton County...

The Real Story:  O.J. Simpson gets parole

The Real Story: O.J. Simpson gets parole

- Fox 61
O.J. Simpson, famously acquitted in the 1994 murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has won parole after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence, for the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.
Prominent Connecticut defense attorney Norm Pattis analyzes that case, and the challenges that Simpson will face, following his scheduled release in October.

Fair Will Fight Charge

Fair Will Fight Charge

- New Haven Independent
“I didn’t do anything, and the video proves it.”
So declared activist Barbara Fair, standing on the steps of the New Haven Courthouse surrounded by a crowd of supporters, Wednesday morning. Fair came to court for an initial appearance on a charge against her of interfering with police for actions that took place at a protest on the Green on July 8; she said that rather than accept a plea deal, she plans to fight the charge in court. She said she is confident that video...

Judge Allows First Amendment Trial

Judge Allows First Amendment Trial

- New Haven Independent
A federal judge has ruled that a local anti-police-brutality activist has a legitimate free-speech argument to present to a jury about why a former top cop barred her from a weekly “CompStat” data-sharing meeting.
U.S. District Court Judge Stefan R. Underhill, a Clinton appointee, agreed in a decision released last week that activist Barbara Fair’s First Amendment rights might have been infringed and the case should proceed. The city had sought to have the case...

Female Genital Mutilation As a First Amendment Right? Five Lawyers Weigh In

Female Genital Mutilation As a First Amendment Right? Five Lawyers Weigh In

- Glamour
A Michigan doctor was arrested in April for allegedly performing female genital mutilation on two seven-year-old girls who traveled from Minnesota with their families. The arrest—the first time a U.S. doctor has been arrested for the practice—came after the FBI got a tip that Jumana Nagarwala, M.D., was performing the procedure. In addition to Dr. Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, M.D., and his wife, Farida Attar, were also arrested. According to authorities, the Attars were present...

Slain Stamford cabbie’s wife refutes defendant’s testimony

Slain Stamford cabbie’s wife refutes defendant’s testimony

- The Stamford Advocate
It only took a few moments for Razia Shalia to become overwhelmed with emotion Wednesday morning as closing arguments began in her dead husband’s murder trial.
Shalia cried uncontrollably when the prosecution showed pictures of Mahomed Kamal, 47, who was stabbed 127 times in August 2014.
“That was the first time I saw those pictures,” said Shalia, who left the courtroom after the photos were shown and did not return for the more than two hours of closing...

Sutton Hart Press on Chaz and AJ in the Morning

Sutton Hart Press on Chaz and AJ in the Morning

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