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Danbury once again ordered to rehire a police officer

Danbury once again ordered to rehire a police officer

- News Times
The state’s arbitration board has ordered the city to rehire veteran Police Officer Daniel Sellner.
Sellner was fired three years ago after the city accused him of using excessive force during an arrest.
The arbitration board’s decision marks the second time in the last two months that city officials have been ordered to rehire a police officer. A Superior Court judge ruled in April that the city should have issued a suspension instead of firing Officer Chris Belair two...

Skakel's Successful Appeal - Lawyer Norm Pattis says New Trial Likely

Moxley’s mom ‘disappointed’ as Skakel’s conviction tossed

Moxley’s mom ‘disappointed’ as Skakel’s conviction tossed

Tells Herald she’ll keep fighting to ‘find justice’

- Boston Herald
The elderly mother of Martha Moxley, the teen allegedly bludgeoned to death with a golf club in Connecticut by Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel decades ago, said she’ll spend the rest of her life working to “find justice” for her blonde-haired girl.
“I was 43 when my daughter was murdered, and I’m going to be 86 in 20 days. That’s half of my life that has gone on, and I’m willing to spend the rest of my life to find justice for Martha,” Dorothy...

Court Vacates Murder Conviction of Kennedy Nephew Michael Skakel

Court Vacates Murder Conviction of Kennedy Nephew Michael Skakel

The divided court ordered a new trial in the case that garnered national and international attention.

- Connecticut Law Tribune
By a 4-3 ruling late Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court vacated the 1975 murder conviction of Michael Skakel, nephew of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s widow Ethel Kennedy. The divided court ordered a new trial in the case that garnered national and international attention.
Skakel was convicted in 2002 of the beating death of his 15-year-old Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley. He spent 11 years in prison for the murder.
But on Friday, the high court said Skakel’s...

Connecticut Supreme Court Tosses Conviction of Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel

Connecticut Supreme Court Tosses Conviction of Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel

- Law & Crime
In an extremely rare move, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed its own previous decision in the case of Michael Skakel, a cousin of the Kennedy family. The court on Friday ruled that Skakel did not receive a fair murder trial in the death of Martha Moxley. Skakel and Moxley were neighbors in affluent Greenwich, Conn. when she was murdered in October 1975. Moxley was 15 when she died. Skakel was tried and convicted in 2002. He is a nephew of the widow of Sen. Robert Kennedy.
Attorneys...

Pattis on Bill Cosby Verdict

The Yale Rape Trial Isn't Over Yet

The Yale Rape Trial Isn't Over Yet

A criminal court cleared Saifullah Khan of the charge of raping a fellow undergraduate, but he's about to face a campus committee.

- The Weekley Standard
The March 7 acquittal by a New Haven jury of a suspended Yale student on charges of raping a classmate has been much lamented on campus and in the national media. But a review of the evidence shows that the trial was fair, the defense was ethical, and there was much more than a reasonable doubt about the accuser’s claim that she was so drunk as to lack the capacity to consent.
The facts of this he-said, she-said case are that Saifullah Khan, a then-22-year-old Yale senior, and his...

Juror in Saifullah Khan Yale Rape Case Says Acquittal Was Justified: 'I Think He's Innocent'

Juror in Saifullah Khan Yale Rape Case Says Acquittal Was Justified: 'I Think He's Innocent'

"I think he doesn't deserve this, and I think it's sad."

- Reason
A jury acquitted former Yale student Saifullah Khan last week of committing rape on Halloween night in 2015. If you read Time, The New York Times, The Yale Daily News, or any number of other mainstream media outlets' coverage of the case, this verdict may seem like a travesty of justice, even a calculated counterstrike against the #MeToo movement.
Khan's defense attorney put the victim on trial, critics say, by asking her uncomfortable questions about her sexy Halloween costume, her...

Defense attorney in Yale sex case defends tactics that brought a not guilty verdict

Defense attorney in Yale sex case defends tactics that brought a not guilty verdict

- New Haven Register
Attorney Norm Pattis, whose aggressive defense of a former Yalie led to the student’s acquittal on charges that he sexually assaulted another Yale student, says he has no regrets about his courtroom tactics but he feels “terrible” about “the ordeal” the accuser went through.
In a trial marked by high emotions and graphic sexual testimony, a New Haven Superior Court jury of three women and three men last week found Saifullah Khan, now 25, not guilty of sexual...

A Yale Student Accused Her Classmate of Rape. His Lawyers Asked What She Was Wearing and How Much She Drank

A Yale Student Accused Her Classmate of Rape. His Lawyers Asked What She Was Wearing and How Much She Drank

- Time
How much did she have to drink? Why didn’t she wear a more modest outfit? Why did she and the man she later accused of raping her look “like two lovers” while walking together on campus? These are some of the questions that defense attorneys asked a Yale University student who brought a rape complaint against her classmate.
The questioning occurred during a rare criminal trial over a campus sexual assault case, and is all the more striking amid an ongoing national...

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