Legal Writes

Doc: Mentally Ill Overcrowding Prisons

by marcia chambers | Dec 6, 2016 8:04 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Dr. Howard Zonana, a forensic psychiatrist who works at the intersection of law and medicine, says the single most pressing issue facing the nation and the state today is the overcrowding of mentally ill patients in prisons, hospitals and emergency rooms. 

Dr. Zonana, a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a clinical professor of law at the Yale Law School, has been instrumental for the past 40 years in getting both worlds to work together in the field of forensic psychiatry, a field that confronts the most difficult cases, those involving mentally ill defendants.

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Legacy Theatre Gets Green Light

by marcia chambers | Nov 16, 2016 7:30 am

File Photo It was a drama worthy of a new play, the long, often contentious story of trying to restore and re-open a dormant theater in Stony Creek. At one point it appeared that everyone would have to face off in Superior Court in New Haven in what was described as a protracted legal battle that was scheduled to start next month.The final climax, a fight over parking spaces, was resolved by the chair breaking a tie vote.

These events unfolded at a meeting last week of the Stony Creek Association (SCA). Before it ended, the SCA board voted 6-5 to work out a stipulated agreement with the Legacy theater, with a group of abutting co-plaintiffs new to the table and with the town of Branford. After two long years of mediation, the reality of a new Legacy Theatre arising from the old Puppet House in Stony Creek appears to be in sight.

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“We Are Not a Banana Republic”

by marcia chambers | Nov 3, 2016 7:08 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Ed Marcus understands politics like few others. As a savvy Democratic Party leader and then supporter for more than a half century, he thought he had seen it all.

Until this presidential campaign. Even Marcus he was taken aback when FBI Director James Comey pulled an October surprise last week, announcing speculation about additional Hillary Clinton emails found on a computer that did not belong to her.

Marcus was a former chairman of Democrat State Central Committee and a formidable State Senate majority leader in Connecticut. In 1968 he served as chairman of the Democratic rules committee for the national presidential convention held in Chicago. His close ally, the late John Bailey, was the Democratic national chairman that year. This was long before the Internet, smart phones, and tweets.

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Love146 Tackles the Challenges of Child Trafficking and Exploitation

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 31, 2016 6:49 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo When Rob Morris saw a 5-year-old year girl in a red dress in a Southeast Asian brothel with other girls in red dresses, he knew he had to act. A number – 146 – was pinned to her shirt and, he said, he saw defiance in her eyes.

Morris, who co-founded Love146 in 2002 and serves as its president, described that encounter at a recent gathering at the Stony Creek Brewery, titled “Hope is Brewing.” He said he was brought along as an observer by a team investigating the brothel and saw the girls in the red dresses. They had no names, just numbers. “They were shut down with blank stares,” he said. Except for no. 146. 

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National Bullying Prevention Month is Underway

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 9:00 am

October is National Bulling Prevention Month. It’s part of a nationwide campaign found by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to educate communities and raise awareness. Bullying prevention month encourages participants to wear orange as an expression of solidarity.

The website also offers tips on creating awareness through social media.

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Dr. Wang Dozes Off As Forced Medication Debated

by marcia chambers | Oct 11, 2016 9:23 am

File Photo At an evidentiary hearing in New Haven Superior Court last week, Public Defender Tom Ullmann pressed state psychiatrist Dr. Mark S. Cotterell on the specific steps he will follow in the event that Dr. Lishan Wang is forcibly medicated and subsequently has an adverse reaction. 

Whether Dr. Wang will in fact be forcibly medicated, as a recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision found he can be, will be up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The public defender’s appeals bureau has decided to seek a writ of certiorari before the nation’s highest court and has requested a stay of the state Supreme Court’s order that Dr. Wang be forcibly medicated. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Eugene Calistro Jr. said at the hearing Thursday that the state’s appeals bureau has not yet responded to the public defender’s motion for a stay. 

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Klau: Lawyers Should Take Rare Stand Vs. Trump

by marcia chambers | Sep 22, 2016 2:45 pm | Comments (12)

File Photo When a bar association wants to take a stand against proposed legislation it opposes, it files a friend-of-the court brief. In so doing it takes a position on an issue.

It hasn’t done that in presidential campaigns. A prominent First Amendment lawyer is arguing that for the first time, the state’s bar needs to do so— because of an extraordinary threat to democracy.

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