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“Informant Industrial Complex” On Trial

“Informant Industrial Complex” On Trial

- New Haven Independent
A New Haven-based criminal defense attorney took aim at the so-called ​“jailhouse informant industrial complex” as he sought to convince the state Supreme Court to overturn a Church Street South murder conviction.
Defense attorney Kevin Smith made that argument Thursday morning during oral arguments before a panel of state Supreme Court judges in a courtroom on Capital Avenue in Hartford.
Smith and his colleague Norm Pattis are representing Christopher Calhoun, who was...

Yale Murder Case Continued To December While Pan Reviews Evidence In Prison Library

Yale Murder Case Continued To December While Pan Reviews Evidence In Prison Library

- New Haven Independent
Qinxuan Pan has the next month and a half to review state-provided evidence against him in a state prison library, as a state judge continued the Yale murder case until Dec. 16.
State Superior Court Judge Gerald Harmon made that decision Friday midday at the end of a five-minute hearing in a sixth-floor courtroom at 235 Church St.
The hearing involved Pan, the MIT artificial intelligence researcher whom the state has charged with shooting and killing 26-year-old Yale grad student...

Labor Board Rules Against Fired Cop

Labor Board Rules Against Fired Cop

- New Haven Independent
A state labor board has upheld the firing of former Police Officer Jason Santiago for kicking, pulling, and punching a handcuffed suspect — after a fellow cop recanted earlier testimony against his former colleague, but a different use-of-force expert condemned Santiago’s actions as worse than previously determined.
The Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration (SBMA) issued that decision last week. The Independent obtained a copy of the 20-page arbitration award on...

Fair Will Fight Charge

Fair Will Fight Charge

- New Haven Independent
“I didn’t do anything, and the video proves it.”
So declared activist Barbara Fair, standing on the steps of the New Haven Courthouse surrounded by a crowd of supporters, Wednesday morning. Fair came to court for an initial appearance on a charge against her of interfering with police for actions that took place at a protest on the Green on July 8; she said that rather than accept a plea deal, she plans to fight the charge in court. She said she is confident that video...

Judge Allows First Amendment Trial

Judge Allows First Amendment Trial

- New Haven Independent
A federal judge has ruled that a local anti-police-brutality activist has a legitimate free-speech argument to present to a jury about why a former top cop barred her from a weekly “CompStat” data-sharing meeting.
U.S. District Court Judge Stefan R. Underhill, a Clinton appointee, agreed in a decision released last week that activist Barbara Fair’s First Amendment rights might have been infringed and the case should proceed. The city had sought to have the case...

Willoughby Innocent

Willoughby Innocent

- New Haven Independent
A Superior Court jury Monday morning acquitted Clarence Willoughby in a case that put the New Haven police department on trial as much as the ex-detective.
The six-member jury, which began deliberating Thursday, produced its verdict at 10:14 a.m.
Willoughby (at left in photo), 48, faced nine charges of forgery and larceny. The state accused him of pilfering thousands of dollars intended for police informants while serving as a New Haven detective. He was found not guilty...

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