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Contempt of court: what was he thinking?

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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]
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Gruesome Pictures in Criminal Trials

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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]
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Hayes Trial Pits Bloggers Against the Defenders

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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]
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A Hidden Side of Medicine

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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]
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Car Searches and the Fourth Amendment: Let the Driver Beware

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Bad news for drug mules these days. The Connecticut Supreme Court has expanded the permissible scope of a warrantless search of a motor vehicle following a routine traffic stop, granting greater latitude to cops whose instincts trigger a hunch that more is happening than a violation of the rules of the road. The Fourth Amendment […] [Read More]
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The First Amendment at Ground Zero: Does it live or die there?

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . . .” That is the opening clause of the First Amendment. Originally the Amendment only prohibited such action by Congress but in 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment extended […] [Read More]
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The other side of domestic violence

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Domestic violence cases have sadly dominated Connecticut news in recent years. Too many disgruntled former spouses and paramours have resorted to harassment and violence rather than graciously walking away from a failed relationship. In recent years, Connecticut has made great strides in pursuing and prosecuting this behavior. In many cases it works. Sadly, in some […] [Read More]
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Sixth Amendment and Effective Assitance of Counsel

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Nothing is more integral to the protections guaranteed an accused by the Bill of Rights, than the Sixth Amendment’s requirement of the effective assistance of competent counsel. The Framers of the Constitution did not quite say it that way. “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the […] [Read More]
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