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Norm Pattis: Michelle Troconis not in New Canaan day Jennifer Dulos went missing

Norm Pattis: Michelle Troconis not in New Canaan day Jennifer Dulos went missing

- New Haven Register
While authorities have been speaking with one of the defendants in the Jennifer Dulos case, they may not be any closer to finding the mother of five.
Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis are expected to plead not guilty Tuesday when they appear in state Superior Court in Stamford.
They have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, who was last seen around 8 a.m. May 24 dropping off her...

Suspended Yale student won’t face charges in D.C., wants reinstatement

Suspended Yale student won’t face charges in D.C., wants reinstatement

- New Haven Register
Police in Washington, D.C., have closed their investigation into an allegation that suspended Yale student Saifullah Khan sexually assaulted two people, and authorities will not pursue charges against him, Khan’s attorney said Wednesday.
After receiving the news, Khan quickly wrote a letter to Yale College Dean Marvin Chun, asking him to lift the “emergency suspension” the university imposed against him when the allegations were published in the Yale Daily...

Trial begins for man accused of threatening court officials

Trial begins for man accused of threatening court officials

- New Haven Register
Jury selection is set to begin in the case of a man accused of threatening court officials after having been convicted and sentenced to prison for threatening a state judge.
Edward Taupier, of Cromwell, was charged last year with inciting injury to persons or property and threatening. Police said he created Facebook posts urging people to kill court employees and referenced officials at Middletown Superior Court.
Jury selection is expected to begin Thursday in New London Superior...

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...

Former Yale student found not guilty of sexual assault

Former Yale student found not guilty of sexual assault

- New Haven Register
Saifullah Khan, who had been on trial on sexual assault charges, was found not guilty on all counts Wednesday.
The jury’s decision in the emotional and controversial case, announced shortly after 12:30 p.m., prompted Khan, now 25, to bow his head in relief. After court adjourned, he hugged his supporters and his attorney, Daniel Erwin. Co-counsel Norm Pattis was away on another case.
Khan had testified Tuesday that his accuser actually was the sexual aggressor who invited him...

Defendant in Yale sex assault trial testifies complainant was the aggressor

Defendant in Yale sex assault trial testifies complainant was the aggressor

- New Haven Register
Defendant Saifullah Khan, on trial for sexual assault, testified Tuesday that his accuser actually was the sexual aggressor who invited him into her Yale dormitory room and then into her bed.
For three full hours Khan gave a detailed and sometimes graphic account of what he asserted happened three years ago during a rowdy Halloween night of campus partying, a Yale Symphony Orchestra concert at Woolsey Hall — during which the female complainant in this case vomited — and the...

Defendant’s girlfriend testifies in Yale sexual assault trial

Defendant’s girlfriend testifies in Yale sexual assault trial

- New Haven Register
The long-term girlfriend of defendant Saifullah Khan, who is on trial for sexual assault charges, testified Monday she had a “Hi, how are you?” phone conversation with the complainant at what might have been about the time of the alleged assault.
The surprise testimony came at the end of a long day of witnesses called by defense attorney Norm Pattis.
Khan, 25, is charged with sexual assault in the first, second, third and fourth degrees for the sexual encounter, which he...

Accuser’s friends take the stand in Yale rape trial

Accuser’s friends take the stand in Yale rape trial

- New Haven Register
A friend of the complainant in Saifullah Khan’s sexual assault trial Thursday testified she saw the complainant in “discomfort” as Khan put his arm around her shoulder and his hand on her leg in the period before the alleged assault.
The witness said she observed this while sitting in Yale’s Woolsey Hall during a Halloween concert Oct. 31, 2015. The complainant has alleged that, after the show, Khan, a classmate of hers at Yale, helped her get back to her dormitory...

Hartford gang leader to be retried after hung jury

Hartford gang leader to be retried after hung jury

- New Haven Register
A hung jury in a murder case has dealt a blow to Connecticut prosecutors targeting a Hartford man who police say led an unusually violent street gang with a “hit squad” that was involved in numerous shootings and drug dealing in the city’s North End in 2007 and 2008.
Prosecutors intend to retry the case in February against Donald Raynor, 29, for the death of Delano Gray, 22.
A Hartford Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday because jurors couldn’t...

Norm Pattis: Police trained to use trust as a weapon

Norm Pattis: Police trained to use trust as a weapon

- New Haven Register
From a distance, the case no doubt looked hopeless. Jonathan Gibbs had confessed to police, signing a statement under oath, telling officers he was alone, that he had fired a pistol at a fleeing man.
The man was found dead between two houses at the very location Gibbs confessed to firing from, a single gunshot to the back of his head, killing him instantly. When Jon’s DNA was found on the gun, it looked like an open-and-shut case of murder.
The stakes are high in such cases....

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