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Ansonia murder suspect waives probable cause, pleads not guilty

Ansonia murder suspect waives probable cause, pleads not guilty

- CT Post
Jose Morales turned down a chance to preview some of the state’s evidence against him Thursday when he waived his right to a probable cause hearing.
Morales is accused of murdering Christine Holloway, his girlfriend and mother of their child, Vanessa, in her Ansonia home just after Thanksgiving. Vanessa is still the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert. She has not been see in public since Nov. 29.
Her father also faces a charge of tampering with evidence in the murder case and...

Gun charges for Ansonia murder defendant transferred to Milford Court

Gun charges for Ansonia murder defendant transferred to Milford Court

- CT Post
Two stun gun charges pending against New Haven resident Jose Morales were transferred Wednesday to Milford Superior Court where Morales already is facing murder charges.
Superior Court Judge Melanie Cradle ordered the transfer to consolidate the criminal cases against Morales, 43, who is charged with murdering Christine Holloway and tampering with evidence in connection with that crime.
Assistant State’s Attorney Melissa Holmes asked the judge for the transfer so all of the...

Notable cases taken by Attorney Norm Pattis

Notable cases taken by Attorney Norm Pattis

- CT Post
Attorney Norm Pattis is arguably Connecticut’s most colorful and controversial lawyer — defender of two of the most despised defendants in recent state history, accused wife murderer Fotis Dulos, who died in January after attempting suicide, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has pushed the lie that the Sandy Hook school killings were a hoax.
For more than 20 years, Pattis has roamed the state’s halls of justice looking for trouble. In that time, he’s been...

Fotis Dulos clings to life after apparent suicide attempt

Fotis Dulos clings to life after apparent suicide attempt

- CT Post
Fotis Dulos was clinging to life late Tuesday at a New York hospital after police say he was found unresponsive at his home when he missed an emergency bond hearing where a judge could have sent him back to jail.
Fotis Dulos, 52, accused of killing his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, was flown in critical condition to Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in an apparent suicide attempt in his garage.
Initial reports indicated Fotis Dulos had...

Cheshire man accused of killing his wife wants to see his child

Cheshire man accused of killing his wife wants to see his child

- CT Post
A legal clash erupted in court Wednesday when the attorney for Emanuel Dominguez-VillaGomez, accused of murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Monica Dominguez, in Cheshire, asked a judge to allow the defendant to have contact with his young daughter.
The attorney, Norman Pattis, who has been hired in place of the public defender who initially represented the defendant, told Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford his client wants a no-contact order lifted so Dominguez-VillaGomez can...

Jennifer Dulos case: Prosecutor predicts ‘media sideshow’ without gag order

Jennifer Dulos case: Prosecutor predicts ‘media sideshow’ without gag order

- CT Post
A prosecutor argued in a memo filed late Tuesday that the state’s case against Fotis Dulos could be compromised and become a “media sideshow,” unless a judge imposes a gag order on both attorneys.
State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo filed two memos this week at the Stamford courthouse, supporting his own motion for a judge to issue a gag order in the high-profile case of Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance, and a second memo opposing the defense’s request to...

Russian billionaire fails to win back daughter in Bridgeport court

Russian billionaire fails to win back daughter in Bridgeport court

- CT Post
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday refused to force the reunification of Russian billionaire Shalva Chigirinsky with his 12-year-old daughter, who had accused him of sexually assaulting her.
“Given her somewhat gloomy history, the minor child appears to be doing reasonably well in her current environment,” Judge Mark Gould ruled, denying Chigirinsky’s request for visitation and granting a motion for sole custody by the girl’s mother, Tatiana Panchenkova.
The...

Lawyer: Driving app led Fotis Dulos out of CT

Lawyer: Driving app led Fotis Dulos out of CT

- CT Post
Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Dulos, crossed state lines into New York on Monday.
Fotis Dulos, 51, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, are each free on bail while charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
As a condition of his bail, Fotis Dulos must stay in Connecticut, and is wearing a GPS monitoring device.
His lawyer, Norm Pattis, said Tuesday his...

Clients like Alex Jones, Fotis Dulos court disfavor for attorney Norm Pattis

Clients like Alex Jones, Fotis Dulos court disfavor for attorney Norm Pattis

- CT Post
In 2005, Norm Pattis left the New Haven law firm he shared with his mentor, John Williams, and vowed he was giving up the law business to run a bookstore in Bethany.
Or so the story goes.
“Did I say that? I may have said that, I certainly wanted to spend more time in a bookstore,” Pattis said Thursday. “But I never stayed out of it (the law). The law is just too compelling, and I like to fight and it’s hard to fight in a bookstore.”
He still owns...

Alex Jones to appeal sanction order

Alex Jones to appeal sanction order

- CT Post
The lawyer for InfoWars host Alex Jones said he intends to file an appeal of a judge’s order to Jones to pay a financial sanction for falsely claiming on a television broadcast that he was being framed by the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy with child pornography.
“I will be filing a public interest appeal with the state Supreme Court on Monday,” Norman Pattis said Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, following a hearing, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ordered...

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