Legal Writes

Challenges to the First Amendment in 2017

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 13, 2017 9:41 am

Sally E, Bahner Photo The First Amendment is short, but powerful: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW), whose membership extends from Branford to Old Lyme and north to Killingworth, hosted a forum at the Guilford Free Library this month that focused on three different aspects of the amendment.

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Attorney Turns Screenwriter for “Marshall”

by marcia chambers | Oct 11, 2017 10:48 am | Comments (6)

Nine years ago, Attorney Michael Koskoff, a senior partner at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport and New Haven, and a lawyer who spends most of his time litigating personal injury cases that result in million dollar plus verdicts, turned to writing a screen play. Not all the time, of course. 

Eventually he called upon his son, Jacob, who lives in Los Angeles and writes screenplays, to join the project and together they wrote and finished “Marshall.”  Now, the national premiere of the film is set for this Friday, Oct. 13, in theaters across Connecticut and the nation. Here is the trailer.

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Elderly Man Arrested for Trying to Kill Wife

by marcia chambers | Oct 5, 2017 10:00 am

Branford Police Department An 81-year-old man was arrested early today, charged with attempting to stab his wife, 74, with a kitchen knife outside their condo on Turtle Bay Drive.

The man, Anthony DeLucia, was arrested after 5 a.m. after police received 911 calls from neighbors complaining of a domestic dispute.

When police officers Erik Suraci and Sean Rubano arrived at the Delucia home at 26 Turtle Bay Drive, they found Mr. Delucia outside the couple’s condo, struggling on the ground with his wife, Anne Marie. Police said he was attempting to stab his wife. Officer Suraci subdued the husband and took him into custody.

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“In One Moment, My World Turned Upside Down”

by marcia chambers | Sep 23, 2017 8:13 pm

Brad Horrigan/Pool Photos The last time Parneeta Sidhu (pictured) saw Lishan Wang, he was shooting a gun, first at her husband, Dr. Vanjinder Toor, and then at her. That was more than seven years ago. The encounter was swift and traumatic. It upended her life.

Friday she made her first appearance in New Haven’s state Superior Court where she watched as Wang, her husband’s killer, was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Overall, this case that has rattled the criminal justice system.

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P&Z Takes Up Ballfields Parking & Rescinding Exit 56 Dev’t Extension

by Diana Stricker | Sep 12, 2017 8:05 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Town of Branford has come up with a plan to provide safer access and more parking at the Sliney ballfields by extending Melrose Avenue.  This could incidentally create an opportunity for emergency access to the rear of the proposed Parkside 1 housing complex.

Alex Palluzzi Jr., director of Parks and Recreation, outlined plans at Thursday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

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First Annual Fed-Up Rally

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (2)

“Fed Up” with the epidemic of opioid use in town and in the state a small group of concerned citizens gathered on the green last week for the first annual International Overdose Awareness Day.

The rally coincided with legislation signed on Thursday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy designed to strengthen the state’s efforts in combating the opioid crisis.

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Legacy Theatre A Go!

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With the lawsuits settled, Keely Baisden Knudsen, the artistic director of the Legacy Theatre, says exterior renovations to the historic Puppet House will get underway this month. She said she is delighted.

In a letter to the theater’s supporters, Knudsen says the Legacy has been given a $350,000 gift that will be used for exterior renovations once plans have been reviewed and accepted. “It will be wonderful to see visible progress”on the building, which she expects by year’s end, she said.

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Man Arrested For Ramming Branford Police Cruiser

by marcia chambers | Aug 5, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (1)

Branford P.D. A 36-year-old East Haven man, who allegedly rammed a Branford police officer’s cruiser as he was fleeing a parking lot in his car following a tire theft at Al Mac Motors II, was taken into custody Wednesday on an arrest warrant, police said. 

The tire theft took place on July 5 at the tire store, at 117 North Main St. According to Branford Detective Lieutenant John Finkle, the suspect, identified as Janssen Padilla of East Haven, was driving his gray Jeep Cherokee when he rammed into the officer’s cruiser as it was entering the parking lot.

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Former Costco Site Gets Controversial Time Extension

by Diana Stricker | Jul 31, 2017 7:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan at Exit 56, where Costco once planned to build a warehouse, have one more year to submit site plans — maybe.

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) voted 3-2 to grant a one-year extension, but Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich warned that the decision could be appealed.  Zoning regulations say a site plan must be submitted within 24 months of Master Plan approval, or the plans are null and void. However, the regulations do not address the possibility of extensions. The deadline was July 30.

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Police Seize Opioids After Car Stop

by marcia chambers | Jul 14, 2017 8:08 am

Branford Police Photo Branford police confiscated eight kilograms of narcotics, a combined mixture of Fentanyl and Tramadol, both opioids and valued on the street market at $2 million, after stopping a car with very heavily tinted windows Wednesday.

They arrested Carlos Albert Hernandez-Salazar, 27, of Canton, Ohio, after Officer Josef Herten stopped the car because of the windows. The stop occurred at about 5:15 p.m. but police did not say where in Branford or where on a highway it took place. Maria Zambrano, 20, was driving. Their two children were with them. 

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