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State 5, Skakel 0: Is the Fat Lady Singing?

In the world of opera and sports it’s a well known colloquialism that “It ain’t over ’till the fat lady sings!” The image conjured is the Valkerie, Brunhilde, adorned in Viking horned headdress,
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What Now For Shelton?

The James Botti trial ended in split decision Thursday. Earlier in the day the court accepted a partial verdict. Botti was convicted on one count of the indictment with the crime of mail fraud. The
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Juror Misconduct

The trial of Shelton developer, James Botti, hit a snag this week during jury deliberations. It was reported to the court that one of the jurors had brought her personal journal into the jury room and
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“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” Wm. Shakespeare

Raise your hand if you have never heard a lawyer joke. I thought so; no takers. Lawyers have been the leading butt of humor on the internet. Every cocktail party I have ever attended had its share of
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“Is That All There Is?”

As the jury in James Botti’s federal criminal trial settles in to the task of deliberating his future I am reminded of Peggy Lee, the old torch singer from the 1950’s, who recorded the existentialist
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Justice Delayed But Not Denied

This column has discussed in the past the work of the Innocence Project in freeing wrongly convicted defendants. Nationally, over 250 inmates have been exonerated, many after decades in prison. But
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Tracking Domestic Violence: GPS or Big Brother?

Domestic violence is at the forefront of legislative news in Connecticut. Hearings are being held on ways to ensure the safety of victims of pending cases. The recent killings of a court clerk at her
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Bribery 101: It Takes Two to Tango

The trial of Shelton developer James Botti continues in New Haven federal court. Botti is charged with bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud. At the center of the Government’s case is the claim that
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DNA: Bane or Boon?

DNA evidence has now become the definitive means of identification. The number of people exonerated after a wrongful conviction has reached more than 250. Was it cause for celebration or lament?
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If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit

“If it doesn’t fit you must acquit!” That mantra has taken on iconic status since it was spoken in September 1995 by the late Johnny Cochran in the now infamous trial of O.J. Simpson. I can still see
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