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Showing posts with label JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. Show all posts

Thursday, April 5, 2018

CT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES S.B. NO. 466 TO REDUCE DUAL ARRESTS IN CASES OF DV!

Raised S.B. No. 466 
Session Year 2018


AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

"To reduce the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies."
For more information on this bill which was passed successfully by the Judiciary Committee, please see the link below:
RELATED ARTICLES:
Copy of the proposed bill, see below:
Karen Jarmoc's (CCADV) remarks on the problem of dual arrests in CT, see below:
Testimony from Sanna Dilawar about her horrible experience of dual arrest, see below:

S.B. NO. 479 PROTECTING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IN A DCF CASE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PASSED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE!

Raised S.B. No. 479 
Session Year 2018

AN ACT CONCERNING IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL OR CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR PERSONS PROVIDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OR INTERVENTION IN A CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT CASE.

"To extend the immunity provided to those who in good faith report suspected child abuse or neglect to medical professionals involved in the evaluation of the suspected abuse or neglect."
For more information on this bill, which recently passed through the judiciary committee successfully, please click on the link below:
Comment:  From my perspective this might be helpful because pedophiles are often encouraged to sue the heck out of the medical professionals who report them and this acts as a deterrant when doctors are confronted with cases of abuse and are considering whether to report.

H.B. No. 5575 APPEARS TO HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY!


Raised H.B. No. 5575 
Session Year 2018


AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF A LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL TO PROVIDE TREATMENT OR AN EVALUATION IN CONNECTION WITH A FAMILY RELATIONS MATTER.

"To allow a party to a family relations matter to have greater input on the selection of a licensed health care professional who is to provide treatment or an evaluation in connection with such matter."
For more information on this bill which recently passed successfully through the judiciary committee, see the link below:

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05575&which_year=2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

PROPOSED BILL BEFORE THE CT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON DUAL ARRESTS - HEARING ON APRIL 2, 2018 AT 10:00AM IN ROOM 2C OF THE LOB!


General Assembly
Raised Bill No. 466 
February Session, 2018
LCO No. 2265
*02265_______JUD*
Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY 
Introduced by:
(JUD)
AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. Section 46b-38b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

Friday, February 23, 2018

HEARING ON THE NOMINATIONS OF JUDGES: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018!


Judiciary Committee 
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
Monday, February 26, 2018 
10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB 

NOMINATIONS FOR REVIEW

I. To be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
1. The Honorable Andrew McDonald of Stamford

II. To be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
1. The Honorable Maria Araujo Kahn of Cheshire
2. The Honorable Raheem Mullins of Farmington

III. To be a Judge of the Appellate Court
1. The Honorable William H. Bright of Columbia

IV. To be a Judge of the Superior Court
1. The Honorable John L. Carbonneau, Jr. of East Lyme
2. The Honorable Jack W. Fischer of Watertown
3. The Honorable Kathleen E. McNamara of East Hartford
4. The Honorable David M. Sheridan of Manchester
5. The Honorable Barry K. Stevens of Stratford

V. To be a Senior Judge
1. The Honorable Marylouise Schofield of Easton

VI. To be a State Referee
1. The Honorable Stuart Bear of West Hartford
2. The Honorable Jonathan J. Kaplan of South Windsor
3. The Honorable George Levine of West Hartford
4. The Honorable Aaron Ment of East Hartford
5. The Honorable Stanley Novack of Stamford
6. The Honorable Edward F. Stodolink of Stratford
7. The Honorable Kevin Tierney of Greenwich

Friday, February 9, 2018

HEARING ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGES, FEBRUARY 16, 2018!

Judiciary Committee 
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA 
Friday, February 16, 2018 10:00 AM in Room 1E of the LOB

NOMINATIONS FOR REVIEW


I. To be a Judge of the Superior Court:

1. The Honorable Jon M. Alander of Hamden
2. The Honorable Laura F. Baldini of West Hartford
3. The Honorable James M. Bentivegna of Avon
4. The Honorable Susan Quinn Cobb of West Hartford 

5. The Honorable Susan A. Connors of Old Lyme
6. The Honorable John A. Danaher of West Hartford
7. The Honorable Maureen D. Dennis of Southport
8. The Honorable John C. Driscoll of Norwich
9. The Honorable Jane B. Emons of Woodbridge
10. The Honorable Robert L. Genuario of Norwalk
11. The Honorable James T. Graham of Bloomfield
12. The Honorable Arthur C. Hadden of Branford
13. The Honorable John F. Kavenewsky of East Norwalk


II. To be a State Referee


1. The Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of North Stonington 
2. The Honorable Richard F. Comerford, Jr. of Stamford 
3. The Honorable Thomas J. Corradino of Madison
4. The Honorable Dennis G. Eveleigh of Hamden
5. The Honorable Johnathan J. Kaplan of South Windsor 

6. The Honorable Joseph Q. Koletsky of Waterford
7. The Honorable Karen Sequino of Woodbridge
8. The Honorable Joseph M. Shortall of Bloomfield
9. The Honorable David R. Tobin of Old Greenwich 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THE CT JUDICIAL BRANCH IS SOLICITING COMMENTS ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGES!

NOTICE OF EVALUATION OF 
INCUMBENT JUDGES WHO SEEK REAPPOINTMENT



The terms of the following Judges of the State of Connecticut will expire during the year 2019 and the nominations by the Governor will come before the Judicial Selection Commission for review commencing in February 2018.

There are 7 judges with terms expiring in 2019:

APPELLATE COURT
Hon. Alexandra D. DiPentima

SUPERIOR COURT

Hon. Barbara N. Bellis
Hon. Hunchu Kwak
Hon. Lisa K. Morgan
Hon. John M. Newson
Hon. M. Nawaz Wahla
Hon. Robin L. Wilson

Comments regarding the reappointment of any of the Judges on the Reappointment List for 2019 may be submitted to the Judicial Selection Commission, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106 on or before January 31, 2018. Reappointment interviews of the listed Judges will commence in February 2018 and continue through June 2018. Accordingly, comments received after January 31, 2018 will be considered if received prior to a Judge's reappointment interview. Anonymous submissions will be considered but afforded less weight than signed submissions. 

Robert S. Bello
Chairperson

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON THE TASK FORCE OF 2013: WERE FAMILY COURT ACTIVISTS BETRAYED BY FATHER'S RIGHTS EXTREMISTS?

Sometime in the Summer of 2013, Jennifer Verraneault, a family court reform activist, contacted me and asked to meet with me to discuss family court reform.  Her partner, Jerry Mastrangelo had been engaged in a lengthy court battle to see his three triplets towards whom he had inexplicably been denied access.  

A year prior, she had taken the free Guardian Ad Litem class for the State of Connecticut and had been able to obtain certification despite not being a lawyer or having any background as a mental health professional.  In fact, to my knowledge, I wasn't even clear that she had a College degree.  I had also tried to sign up for that class, but the CT Judicial Branch had refused me admission, perhaps because I did have a college degree.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

PUBLIC HEARING ON NOMINATIONS FOR JUDGES!

Judiciary Committee 
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
Monday, May 22, 2017 
9:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB 

NOMINATIONS FOR REVIEW


I. To be an Appellate Court Judge:
1. The Honorable Nina F. Elgo of West Hartford
2. The Honorable Maria Araujo Kahn of Cheshire

Sunday, April 30, 2017

CREATING A CT FAMILY COURT REFORM MOVEMENT THAT EVERYONE CAN GET BEHIND!

Recently, we all watched the fiasco of SB #1049 go down where rogue leaders of the CT Coalition for Family Court Reform tried to slip a bill through the Finance Committee rather than the Judiciary Committee.  They did this after members of the Judiciary Committee quite sensibly refused to hear proposed bills from The Coalition that were destructive and damaging to women.  

The only thing I can say about the Finance Committee at this point is: "What were they thinking?"  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MICHAEL NOWACKI DECRIES THE WIDESPREAD PERJURY PRACTICED BY JUDGES AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS DURING THE REAPPOINTMENT HEARINGS!

By Email

Wednesday, 
January 18, 2017 
9:16 PM





Rep. Tong:

Today, your suggestion and that of Rep. Rebimbas will be challenged through a media strategy to indicate that the Chairs have engaged, personally, in aiding and abetting false testimony‎ to be delivered in your self described "rigorous" review of those re-nominated for judicial reappointments.

I have confirmed by performing due diligence on the Chairs that the six page form of the Judicial Selection Commission have never been secured and distributed to the membership of the entire Judiciary Committee.

While we would agree that it would be important to redact telephone numbers and addresses for judges to ensure you, as attorneys, do not abuse your position to talk to judges on matters under current litigation including appeal.

There is a legitimate and well grounded concern about a far too "cozy" relationship between the Chairs of the Judiciary Committee and ranking members who are attorneys.

We noted the Chief Justice, in the offices of the Judiciary Committee where the Chairs have an office, meeting prior to the start of the re-confirmation process which began on January 11, 2017.

Do you really believe that members of the United States Congress meet to discuss cases which are controversial decisions?

It may be time for the citizens of this State to initiate a change in the State Constitution to change the Connecticut judiciary to an elected---not an appointment position inasmuch as lawyers, as legislators, have consistently voted favorably on all judicial re-appointments.

Your refusal and failure to provide for public inspection copies of the Judicial Selection Commission forms sworn as "truthful" and not distributing that redacted document to the members of your OWN committee raises serious issues of your self-proclaimed "due dilligence" today.

The decision of the Chairs to limit public posting of transcripts to refute testimony of judges is another example of creating a system where "perjured" testimony is not only tolerated but condoned by the chairs who are definitely more interested in coddling judges than "professional skepticism" which is the hallmark of many professions.

The Judicial Review Council needs to be revised so that all complaints, dismissed or not, are a matter of public record.

The comments on "sealing cases" by Judge Buzzuto for judges who go through a divorce is inconsistent with open disclosure of records to ensure that "addresses are redacted" but the decisions an open public record---just as you make our decisions a matter of an "open public record" which is used to humiliate the citizens while protecting the privacy rights of public officials.

Recent surveys done on the judiciary ranks Connecticut as one of the least transparent of any state in the country.

The fact that the judiciary cut $60 million from its budget because it was bloated without services being decreased should be a clear sign that the legislators, in general, don't have the same "access issues" to the courts that the general public has to endure.

The fact that Rep. Rebimbas refused to disclose on her "stump speech" on Judge Adelman that she received appointments by Judge Adelman smacks of an undisclosed conflict of interest.

As you know, the lack of disclosure of the answers to the 32 questions by your Committee Chairs is a clear sign that what you don't know can hurt the citizens you claim to serve.

There will be letters sent to those who you serve who will be randomly selected off the voter roles to expose the failure of the Chairs to have properly investigated allegations of misconduct reported to you by "railroading" controversial candidates within a week of the controversy involving allegations of perjury to be investigated by a select subcommittee which is balanced with lawyers and non-lawyers to review transcripts which the Chairs refuse to post and share with the colleagues on the committee as "equals".

The lack of "professional skepticism" by lawyers serving as legislators is demonstrated by your consistent voting and "unchallenged" public comments by Rep. Tong and Rep. Rembimas.

The Chairs of the Judiciary Committee asked no tough questions about the "Hightower" matter raised by Rep. Tong---who never even asked a question about it to Judge Adelman today.

There is only ONE representative of the people on your committee who asks tough questions and that is Minnie Gonzalez.

I watched all but one interview conducted by your committee on Wednesday and Friday and I am one of five individuals who will have filed by tomorrow complaints with the Chief State Attorney on five judges who meet the standard of probable cause for arrest for perjury defined in C.G.S. 53a-156 (a).

If the Chief State Attorney Office had a grand jury system in place, then judges would be far less likely to deliver material and false testimony and in written statements provided to the Judicial Selection Commission is provided with a General Release Form.

Until the Chairs take corrective actions to rebuild the trust that only you can restore, the public will exercise our rights to expose "corrupt practices" which the Chairs seem to support.

Have any of you ever sat in a Monday short calendar in family court and watched the meter running?

Have any of you visited a courthouse in Virginia where a help desk directs clients to "calendered" matters in which Connecticut has to run a "pilot program".

The "cattle calls in family courts" is the single, most inefficient way to conduct the public's access to justice.

Despite Rep. Tong's statements that you take these comments seriously, all we need to do is review the voting records of the 19 lawyers on the judiciary committee (if we include one member who had a direct relative on the Supreme Court) and your attempts to deliver Judge Fuger's head on a platter today to show how "tough you are".

At no point in time, since Judge Frazzini sent a "letter of retraction" after I filed a criminal complaint alleging perjury to the Chief's State Attorney's Office has any judge been subject to a delayed vote until a full investigation of allegations of perjury occurs.

There is a section of the Code of Judicial Conduct which prohibits a Judge from making a knowingly false statement to a legislative committee.

Until there is either legislative reforms to clean up this system of inefficiencies in due process and remove judges from sitting on administrative committee meetings which take them away from their duties "in court", we will continue to challenge publicly and privately, whether you approve or not, our "professional skepticism" that the lawyers in the legislature are engaging and abetting perjury by refusing to table the vote on any judge who is alleged to have committed perjury under oath.

We will be unrelenting because this "tyranny" creates through the empowerment of "judicial discretion" to rape and pillage the financial resources of parents via a reallocation of our lifetime savings to support your "system of racketeering" by having lawyers sitting in a courtroom for hours and then billing their clients for accomplishing nothing and being paid for it.

I would be happy to sit down with you to discuss with a group of litigants to show us the evidence of perjury---which are now on their way ‎for review by the "probable cause" standards which apply to criminal arrests of those judges who made knowingly false material statements to a committee.

For Rep. Rebimbas to have made a claim that "she has some sort of access to transcripts" to the 3,850 pages of transcripts, is nothing less than balderdash.

We are tired of the "obstruction" by the Chairs to a proper review of evidence by limiting the posting of transcripts on the judiciary committee website.

In the movie "A Few Good Men", Jack Nicholson's line seems appropriate to close this email:

"You can't handle the truth."

Michael Nowacki,
Public Advocate

Monday, January 9, 2017

PROTEST THE REAPPOINTMENT OF CONNECTICUT FAMILY COURT JUDGE GERARD ADELMAN!


HEARING THIS WEDNESDAY, 
JANUARY 11, 2017 AT THE LOB AT 9:00AM
 TO CONSIDER THE REAPPOINTMENT OF 
JUDGE GERARD ADELMAN!

Please Attend the Hearing and 
Wear RED to show your support! 

WHAT:

It Is Not OK!      

Tell the Judiciary Committee:  

"Do Not Reappoint Connecticut Judge Gerard Adelman!"

Please email and call the co-chairs of the 2017 Connecticut Judiciary Committee  to tell them "It is Not OK" to reappoint family court judge - Gerard Adelman - who dismisses evidence of domestic violence and punishes protective mothers by retaliating and taking custody of their children away! There are 10 cases where mother's lost custody in his courtroom...It is Not OK!

2017 Connecticut Judiciary Committee

WHEN:

Public Hearing is Wednesday January 11 at 10 a.m. in Hartford, LOB Building

WEAR RED TO THE HEARING!

CT Public Hearing Agenda for Judicial Reappointment

WHY: 

Connecticut Family Court Judge Gerard Adelman is up for reappointment as a Trial Referee Judge.  His previous 8 year tenure as a family court judge has torn families apart, bankrupted litigants and allowed and condoned the continued abuse - litigation abuse - of domestic violence victims and dismissal of their traumatic DV experiences from his bench. 

According to an investigative journalist,

“I have been moved by the individual stories of the families and the harm they have suffered at the hands of the courts. The stories of greed and miscarriages of justice, many that have gravely harmed children and parents, are heartbreaking.”

CT Announces Investigation of Corrupt Courts

HOW:  

Call and email the Judiciary committee co-chairs and members  to educate them about how they can protect children in family court from harm by VOTING NO on the reappointment of Gerard Adelman as a Trial Referee Judge.

Co-Chair Paul Doyle     

Legislative Aide:  David Seifel,  David.seifel@cga.ct.gov
860-240-0475 or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Co-Chair William Tong   William.Tong@cga.ct.gov
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Co-Chair John Kissel

Legislative Aide: Kate McAvoy
Phone: (800) 842-1421  kate.mcavoy@cga.ct.gov 

Mae Flexor     Kerensa.Konesni@cga.ct.gov

Legislative Aide:  Andrew Elash
860-240-8634, or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Friday, December 30, 2016

HEARINGS ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGES, LIST BELOW!

THERE ARE GOING TO BE HEARINGS ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF THE JUDGES BELOW ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017 AT 10:00A.M. IN ROOMC OF THE LOB.  THE LINK TO THE AGENDA IS BELOW:

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/JUDdata/pha/2017pha00111-R001000JUD-pha.htm



SUPREME COURT
Hon. Richard N. Palmer 
Hon. Peter T. Zarella

APPELLATE COURT 

Hon. Bethany J. Alvord

SUPERIOR COURT

Hon. Holly A. Abery-Wetstone 
Hon. Gerard I. Adelman
Hon. Salvatore C. Agati
Hon. Elizabeth A. Bozzuto 

Hon. Mary-Margaret D. Burgdorff 
Hon. Richard E. Burke
Hon. Emmet L. Cosgrove 
Hon. Robert J. Devlin, Jr. 
Hon. Kevin G. Dubay 
Hon. Brian T. Fischer 
Hon. Stanley T. Fuger, Jr. 
Hon. James P. Ginocchio 
Hon. Bruce P. Hudock 
Hon. Corinne L. Klatt 
Hon. Douglas C. Mintz 
Hon. Vernon D. Oliver 
Hon. Sheila A. Ozalis 
Hon. Nicola E. Rubinow 
Hon. Philip A. Scarpellino 
Hon. Jose A. Suarez 
Hon. Carl E. Taylor
Hon. William J. Wenzel
Hon. Dawne G. Westbrook
Hon. Peter Emmett Wiese 
Hon. Glenn A. Woods

Senior Judges

Hon. Angelo L. dos Santos 
Hon. Susan B. Handy
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Hon. Kevin P. McMahon
Hon. Patty Jenkins Pittman 

Hon. Susan S. Reynolds
Hon. Jane S. Scholl
Hon. Patricia A. Swords
Hon. Heidi G (deleted in error)