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State drops charges against Christopher Dukes, former CCSU official accused of assaulting wife, holding police at bay

State drops charges against Christopher Dukes, former CCSU official accused of assaulting wife, holding police at bay

- Hartford Courant
A state prosecutor on Thursday dropped all criminal charges against Christopher Dukes, a former Central Connecticut State University official who Hartford police had accused of kidnapping and assaulting his wife during an incident in April 2018.
Prosecutor Vicki Melchiorre said she was dropping the charges because the victim does not want Dukes to go to jail for the sake of their children. His lawyer, Norm Pattis, had filed a speedy trial motion and the case was called in for trial on...

Supreme Court sets December date for gag order hearing in Dulos case

Supreme Court sets December date for gag order hearing in Dulos case

- Hartford Courant
Arguments on a gag order requested by a prosecutor overseeing the investigation of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos will be heard Dec. 12 at the state Supreme Court.
Stamford-Norwalk State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo asked for the gag order citing concerns about public comments made by Norm Pattis, the lawyer for Farber Dulos’ estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, who faces charges in connection with her disappearance in May.
A Superior Court judge issued the...

Attorney for Fotis Dulos files Supreme Court brief arguing gag order violates his right to defend himself

Attorney for Fotis Dulos files Supreme Court brief arguing gag order violates his right to defend himself

- Hartford Courant
The attorney for Fotis Dulos on Monday asked the state’s highest court to revoke a gag order imposed by a judge, saying it infringes on Dulos’ constitutional right to defend himself against the constant speculation that he murdered his missing, estranged wife Jennifer Farber Dulos.
Dulos charges that the order was imposed without a proper hearing or attempt to determine what the order’s impact would have on his right to a fair trial.
In a 40-page brief filed to the...

In court motion, Fotis Dulos’ attorney alleges there’s a new bill indicating Jennifer Farber Dulos saw a doctor nearly two months after she disappeared

In court motion, Fotis Dulos’ attorney alleges there’s a new bill indicating Jennifer Farber Dulos saw a doctor nearly two months after she disappeared

- Hartford Courant
Fotis Dulos is trying once again to get access to the medical records of his estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, this time alleging in court papers that a recent medical bill he received shows she saw a doctor in early July — nearly two months after she disappeared.
The new invoice, called an explanation of benefits, was from the same New York City medical group that is seeking payment of more than $300 from Dulos’ insurance provider. A motion, filed in Superior Court in...

Connecticut Supreme Court grants emergency appeal on gag order in Fotis Dulos case

Connecticut Supreme Court grants emergency appeal on gag order in Fotis Dulos case

- Hartford Courant
The state Supreme Court will hear an appeal by Fotis Dulos to have a gag order imposed by a Stamford judge revoked because it hinders his ability to fight allegations that he had something to do with the disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos.
Chief Justice Richard Robinson granted attorney Norm Pattis’ application to have the state’s highest court review the gag order put in place on Sept. 12 by Judge John Blawie. Pattis must now file a legal brief by Oct....

Hartford Courant challenging gag order in criminal case against Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos

Hartford Courant challenging gag order in criminal case against Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos

- Hartford Courant
The Hartford Courant has asked the state’s highest court to hear an appeal of the gag order issued by a Superior Court judge in the criminal case against Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, arguing that it exceeds the court’s authority and amounts to prior restraint of free speech.
The filing on behalf the Courant comes a week after Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to lift a Sept. 12 gag...

On New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos’ 51st birthday, friends and family reflect on their loss

On New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos’ 51st birthday, friends and family reflect on their loss

- Hartford Courant
For Jennifer Farber Dulos and her closest friends, her birthday every Sept. 27 was as much a milestone that marked the end of the hectic first month of school with their children settling into another year as it was a birthday celebration.
Friends said Farber Dulos spent much more time planning birthday parties for her five children, including two sets of twins, than she ever did planning for her own. For her 50th birthday last year, there was no big party — she celebrated as she...

Michelle Troconis, girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, refuses to answer all questions in deposition; Attorney asks judge to compel her to talk

Michelle Troconis, girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, refuses to answer all questions in deposition; Attorney asks judge to compel her to talk

- Hartford Courant
Michelle Troconis refused to answer questions this week about the finances of her boyfriend, Fotis Dulos, and his homebuilding company Fore Group Inc. during a deposition Wednesday in a lawsuit over outstanding loans, an attorney representing Dulos’ former in-laws wrote in a motion asking a judge to compel Troconis to talk.
Attorney Richard Weinstein sought to question Troconis, 45, Wednesday on her knowledge about Dulos’ company, Fore Group Inc., in a civil matter that...

Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, asks Connecticut’s highest court to lift gag order barring public comments from lawyers, police, witnesses

Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, asks Connecticut’s highest court to lift gag order barring public comments from lawyers, police, witnesses

- Hartford Courant
The attorney for Fotis Dulos asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a Superior Court judge’s “unprecedented gag order” that silences lawyers, police and even potential witnesses in his criminal case, saying it unfairly hamstrings his attempt to defend Dulos against almost daily accusations that he murdered his estranged wife.
In a brief filed Wednesday, Norm Pattis said the state has been allowed to use two arrest warrant affidavits charging Dulos with...

Police revealed new theories and evidence after Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis were arrested for a second time in connection with the Jennifer Farber Dulos case.

Police revealed new theories and evidence after Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis were arrested for a second time in connection with the Jennifer Farber Dulos case.

Here’s what we learned.

- Hartford Courant
For a second time, police this week arrested and charged Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, in connection with the May 24 disappearance of Dulos’ estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos.
Dulos, 52, a luxury home builder, was taken into custody at his Farmington home about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Troconis, 44, turned herself in to state police at the Troop G barracks in Bridgeport.
Both are free after posting bail and are scheduled to appear in Superior Court in...

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