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Even in the face of evil, the jury system works

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
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Rule of Law Prevails for Barry James

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
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Pre-Trial Diversion; lawyering in the 21st century

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

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
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Contempt of court: what was he thinking?

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
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Gruesome Pictures in Criminal Trials

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
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Hayes Trial Pits Bloggers Against the Defenders

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.
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A Hidden Side of Medicine

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
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