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During federal investigation, state budget chief steps down, take finance job in East Hartford

During federal investigation, state budget chief steps down, take finance job in East Hartford

The departure comes as the state’s budget office is under intense scrutiny and the subject of a federal investigation involving the office’s second in command.

- Fox 61
Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Friday the head of the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM) will be stepping down.
Melissa McCaw's resignation came at the same time as the federal investigation involving the office's former second in command, Kostantinos Diamantis who is McCaw's deputy in the OPM.
In a news conference Friday, the governor said McCaw's resignation was not a surprise at all. In fact, he said she just wanted a fresh start from the Office of Policy and Management,...

Attorney for ex-budget official calls idea for investigation into scandal 'stupid'

Attorney for ex-budget official calls idea for investigation into scandal 'stupid'

House Republicans are calling for the formation of a bi-partisan legislative committee, though a federal criminal investigation is already underway

- Fox 61
It’s a story every taxpayer will want to hear. A scandal at the highest level of state government involving the alleged misappropriation of more than a billion dollars meant to build schools.
FOX61 obtained the federal subpoena that was served on the Lamont administration back in October. House Republicans seized the opportunity on Thursday to step to the microphone.
“We are calling for a bipartisan commission to be formed,” said State Rep. Vincent Candelora, the...

CT attorney Norm Pattis to continue to represent Alex Jones

CT attorney Norm Pattis to continue to represent Alex Jones

Back in May, Norm Pattis' firm moved to withdraw itself as legal counsel for the InfoWars host. The Defamation lawsuit against Jones is headed to US Supreme Court.

- Fox 61
New Haven-based Attorney Norm Pattis will continue to represent InfoWar's host Alex Jones in court.
In a statement to FOX61 Monday, Pattis said Jones had asked him to take his case to the US Supreme Court. He continued by saying he was honored to do so and was critical of Connecticut's highest court.
Back in May, Pattis requested a removal from Jones' legal team. Jones is being accused of defamation by the families involved in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The InfoWars host repeatedly...

Exclusive: One-on-one interview with Fotis Dulos attorney, Norm Pattis one year after Jennifer's disappearance

Exclusive: One-on-one interview with Fotis Dulos attorney, Norm Pattis one year after Jennifer's disappearance

Pattis sat down with FOX61's Ben Goldman and discussed representing Fotis as well as other high profile clients like Alex Jones.

- Fox 61
Attorney Norm Pattis broke his silence as the one year anniversary of Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance approaches. Jennifer went missing on May 24, 2019.
Pattis defended Fotis Dulos and the contentious criminal case surrounding him which resulted in Dulos taking his own life in January.
Pattis opened up about representing other high profile clients, such as Infowars Host, Alex Jones. He gave insight into what the last 12 months have been like for him representing Dulos and going...

Suspect in murder of Ansonia woman and disappearance of daughter in court Thursday

Suspect in murder of Ansonia woman and disappearance of daughter in court Thursday

Jose Morales, accused of killing his girlfriend, Christine Holloway, three months ago, today opted to waive his right to a probable cause hearing

- Fox 61
There is still an Amber Alert in effect for missing one-year-old Ansonia girl, Vanessa Morales, who disappeared in early December. And Thursday, her father, the prime suspect in her disappearance, was in Milford Superior Court answering to murder charges, in the brutal beating death of her mother.
Jose Morales, accused of killing his girlfriend, Christine Holloway, three months ago, today opted to waive his right to a probable cause hearing.
The only other matter tended to in court...

State prosecutors ask Supreme Court to drop an appeal in a gag order in the case against Fotis Dulos

State prosecutors ask Supreme Court to drop an appeal in a gag order in the case against Fotis Dulos

- Fox 61
State prosecutors filed a motion February 24 to dismiss an appeal in a gag order in the case against Fotis Dulos.
Prosecutors are arguing that since Dulos is dead, the case is no longer relevant. They also plan to stop pursuing criminal charges against him.
Dulos' attorney, Norm Pattis filed his own motion challenging the gag order placed on the case before Dulos' death.
Pattis has been insistent he wants the court to move forward with the case against his client, saying...

Fotis Dulos’ lawyer moves to waive probable cause hearing

Fotis Dulos’ lawyer moves to waive probable cause hearing

- Fox 61
In an effort to seek a speedy trial, Fotis Dulos’ lawyer Norm Pattis, will waive their right to a probable cause hearing.
“Holding a probable cause hearing after a judge has already found probably cause by signing a warrant benefits only the state,” said Pattis.
Pattis told FOX61 that such a hearing will only benefit the prosecutors. Pattis is hopeful that the murder trial will take place in the fall.
“We are trying to get this case ready for trial as...

Cheshire stabbing suspect now represented by Norm Pattis

Cheshire stabbing suspect now represented by Norm Pattis

- Fox 61
A Cheshire man, accused of stabbing his wife nearly three dozen times, resulting in her death, was back before a New Haven judge today.
And, today marked the first day he was represented by a familiar, high-profile attorney.
Attorney Norm Pattis today officially began representing Emanuel Dominguez-VillaGomez, who was charged with murder last month. According to court documents, he went into a jealous rage.
The sight of VillaGomez in court was too much for Diana Montes, who...

Fotis Dulos speaks to Greek newspaper, lawyer says he did not violate gag order

Fotis Dulos speaks to Greek newspaper, lawyer says he did not violate gag order

- Fox 61
The estranged husband of missing mother Jennifer Dulos has given an interview to a Greek outlet. That’s despite a judge barring Dulos, his attorneys, and the prosecution from speaking publicly about the case.
The popular weekly Greek newspaper, Proto Thema published the interview online last week.
In the interview, Fotis discussed the crumbling of his marriage and how Jennifer handled his request for a divorce.
“We decided to break up our marriage amicably,”...

Fotis Dulos’ attorney releases new statement after posting bond

Fotis Dulos’ attorney releases new statement after posting bond

- Fox 61
Fotis Dulos' attorney released a statement this afternoon after Dulos left court after posting bond.
Fotis' attorney Norm Pattis issued the following statement:
“I am not sure what the delay was in posting the bond. We were retained over the weekend and were able to assemble a bond package in short order.
“Obviously, we’re happy to see him head home. We are also looking forward to the forthcoming trial.
“Mr. Dulos had no motive to kill Jennifer....

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