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Dec 21, 2013 When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill

QUOTE: a central, unresolved issue in the debate over balancing public safety and the Second Amendment right to bear arms: just how powerless law enforcement can be when it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of people who are mentally ill. Connecticut’s law giving the police broad leeway to seize and hold guns for up to a year is actually relatively strict. Most states simply adhere to the federal standard, banning gun possession only after someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility or designated as mentally ill or incompetent after a court proceeding or other formal legal process....A systematic review of these cases — from cities and counties in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee — underscores how easy it is for people with serious mental health problems to have guns.

New York Times
Apr 28, 2013 Erasing History

QUOTE: The arrest story was obviously true when it was first published. But Connecticut’s erasure law has already established that truth can be fungible. Martin, her suit says, was “deemed never to have been arrested.” And therefore the news story had metamorphosed into a falsehood.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2012 When is social-media use a crime?

QUOTE: Despite the disturbing nature of some social-media messages about the shootings, several legal experts contacted by CNN questioned whether Connecticut authorities could successfully bring charges against whoever posted them.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law

QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...

New York Times
Apr 27, 2011 In a Mother’s Case, Reminders of Educational Inequalities

QUOTE: The tale outlined outside court by the defendant’s supporters had a heartbreaking story line — a child tossed out of school, a homeless mother charged with felony theft for the crime of sending him to a better school than the one available to her, the inequalities that define America’s schools.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2008 Schools, fools, and the tools of ignorance: If not for help from a handful of geeks, Connecticut school teacher Julie Amero would be in prison right now for crimes she didn't commit. What's wrong with

QUOTE: Amero's "crime": In October 2004, the substitute teacher from Norwich, Conn., was surfing the Net on a computer inside a middle school classroom when porn ads began popping up all over the screen. She didn't turn the computer off, because school officials expressly told her not to....Amero isn't totally exonerated. She agreed to plead guilty to "disorderly conduct" (a misdemeanor), pay $100, and have her teaching credentials revoked. The state still refuses to acknowledge it was mistaken.

Oct 17, 2007 In Connecticut Prisons, a System Long on People, Short on Space

QUOTE: The arrest in July of two parolees in the grisly murders of a mother and her two daughters in Cheshire, followed closely by a carjacking involving a parolee, touched off a wave of official responses that were intended to address flaws in the criminal justice system, but that also made crowded prisons even more crowded.

New York Times
Oct 13, 2007 In Connecticut, the Release of a Serial Rapist Is Met With a Wave of Fear and Anger

QUOTE: It was only on Monday that most of them learned that Mr. Pollitt, who had been imprisoned for the rapes of at least five women in five towns in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was to move in with his sister, Janice Rosengren, and her family after other relatives spurned him. Neighbors said they immediately began asking one another: Can this be stopped?

New York Times
Jul 17, 2007 New Haven opts to validate its illegal residents: The Connecticut city begins issuing ID cards July 24 to undocumented immigrants, a first in the US.

QUOTE: At a time when a rising number of states and cities are cracking down on illegal immigrants, New Haven, Conn., is reaching out to them with a unique perk: an ID card .... But New Haven's move has also prompted protests.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 14, 2007 Soft-Court Porn

QUOTE: [A police detective testified that the] computer’s history file showed she intentionally accessed the website....An independent analysis of the computer’s hard drive, conducted this spring by Sunbelt Software and presented to the court for consideration, revealed that the hard drive was riddled with spyware and other programs known to cause pornographic pop-ups.

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers

QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.

New York Times
Aug 03, 2006 Lieberman Assails Lamont Over Supporter's Blog Post

QUOTE: The bitter Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut erupted in fresh controversy Wednesday over a doctored photo of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) in blackface that was posted by a blogger who has been an influential promoter of challenger Ned Lamont.

Washington Post
Jul 18, 2006 Boy With an Allergy Wins in Battle Over City Trees

QUOTE: Last week, the tree warden for this ordinarily tranquil community had to make a decision that pitted the interests of one highly allergic 3-year-old boy against three mature hickory trees, and not everyone in the city was happy with the ruling that the trees had to go.

New York Times
May 08, 2005 Conn. Stands in Defiance on Enforcing 'No Child'

QUOTE: ...[Connecticut Education Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg--Ed.] announced she would resist Bush administration demands for additional standardized testing...there is nothing small about the fight Connecticut officials have picked with the federal government, a dispute that combines states' rights, underfunded federal mandates and educational philosophy.

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2005 Federal 'No Child' Lawsuit Filed: Bush's Premier Education Measure Taken to Court

QUOTE: The nation's largest teachers union joined school districts in Michigan, Texas and Vermont in filing a federal lawsuit yesterday charging that the Department of Education has failed to provide adequate funding for the No Child Left Behind initiative.

Washington Post
Apr 14, 2005 Connecticut House Votes To Allow Gay Unions: Governor Expected To Sign Legislation

QUOTE: Connecticut's House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would make the state the second to establish civil unions for same-sex couples, and the first to do so without being directed by a court.

Washington Post
Feb 08, 2005 Crazy To Die: Michael Ross' execution would be another pointless death.

QUOTE: Michael Ross' case demonstrates the capriciousness of the death-penalty system from state to state, county to county, and jury to jury, when we are asked to judge whether someone is mentally ill. Prosecutors ignore their own expert witnesses. Juries turn the evidence on its head. And judges are more than ready to put their stamp of approval on it all.

Sep 20, 2004 High court must push back shameless march to tyranny

QUOTE: The question is: Does the Constitution empower governments to seize a person's most precious property - a home, a business - and give it to more wealthy interests so that the government can reap, in taxes, ancillary benefits of that wealth?

Daily Herald, The (Everett, WA)
Nov 20, 2002 THE SUPREME COURT EVALUATES MEGAN’S LAWS: Probably Valid but Still Wrong

QUOTE: Much as it did with the “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters of old, the government, through Megan’s Laws, passes responsibility for public security along to the population at large. It says in essence that “we cannot protect you from this person; we need you to take measures to secure your own safety.”

May 21, 2002 Laws On Sex Offender Lists to Get Further Look

QUOTE: The Supreme Court today substantially broadened its review of laws under which states keep the public informed of the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders who have been released from prison.

New York Times
Jul 27, 2001 Many States Ceding Regulations to Church Groups

QUOTE: ...religious organizations have been seeking and winning exemptions from other areas of the law, from land-use regulations to health requirements, like immunization.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2001 Refusing to Let Go, Property Owners Test Eminent Domain's Limits

QUOTE: But when the seven property owners go to Superior Court here Monday, they will challenge a larger practice that needy cities everywhere have latched on to: using the power of eminent domain, or condemnation, to force property owners to turn over their land to private developers.

New York Times