Note: The Connecticut Media Group is not responsible for posts and comments written by non-staff members.

Posts by Author

Rich Meehan

Even in the face of evil, the jury system works

on
Twelve people, cast together by the random act of a computer selecting them for the pool of candidates to be interviewed for inclusion in the first of the two Cheshire home invasion cases, reached a decision last week that reflected the conscience of our community. As the evidence unfolded it was clear that Stephen Hayes […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Rule of Law Prevails for Barry James

on
December 7, 1941, “A day that will live in infamy” in the words of FDR, held a brighter promise for a young married couple, Rita and Charlie James. That they purchased a modest 5 room cottage on a quiet street in Fairfield, Ct. The James family would have to wait until the conclusion of the […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Pre-Trial Diversion; lawyering in the 21st century

on
As a puppy lawyer learning my craft I was privileged to work alongside my Dad, who in his prime was one of Connecticut’s most respected criminal trial lawyers. In law school and the first years of my career I carried his briefcase for a multitude of criminal trials. Legal education focuses on analyzing cases and […] [Read More]

The Constitution: Is it still the will of “We the People?”

on
Every school kid at some point is asked to memorize the Preamble to the U. S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Contempt of court: what was he thinking?

on
As the Cheshire home invasion case moves to its final phase with closing arguments and jury instructions the drama unfolding turned to the bizarre with the impromptu press conference held by Komisarjevsky’s lawyer, Jeremiah Donovan, on the courthouse steps earlier this week. While lawyers speaking to the media is not particularly noteworthy, this one has […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Gruesome Pictures in Criminal Trials

on
Last week jurors in the trial of Steven Hayes were released early after viewing photos of the crime scene. News accounts indicated that the pictures were so difficult to view that one juror even cried. Nothing is more difficult for the defense nor more impactful for the state than graphic photographic evidence of the results […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Hayes Trial Pits Bloggers Against the Defenders

on
I read the early reports from the Hayes murder trial as the evidence began. Summoning immense personal strength, Dr. Petit took the stand and described the early horror that he and his family endured. It was the type of testimony that incites the passions of a jury. Any reasonable person listening to that would be […] [Read More]
Categories: General

A Hidden Side of Medicine

on
Your doctor recommends an off label use of a Botox to treat your complaints of chronic headaches. You receive assurances that this use of Botox is medically appropriate so you agree. But was there something sinister behind the recommendation? Apparently the U.S. Justice Department thought so when it prosecuted Pharmaceutical giant Allergan in both criminal […] [Read More]
Categories: General