Editorial: Prosecutors Shouldn’t Be Hiding Crime Records

The following editorial appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune.  It is republished here with the permission of the Trib.

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Prosecutors Shouldn’t Be Hiding Crime’s Records

December 17, 2013

Danbury prosecutor Stephen Sedensky and Michelle Cruz, a former prosecutor and State Victim Advocate, have recently been talking up the need to protect Newtown survivors from sights or sounds that bring back the events of that horrifying day. Read the rest of this entry »

Discussing The Long-Delayed Sandy Hook Report On WNPR’s “Where We Live”

I had the honor and pleasure of appearing this morning as a guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live,” with host John Dankosky and regular guests Colin McEnroe, Mark Pazniokas and Matt Sturdevant.  The topic: The long-delayed release by Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky of the Sandy Hook investigation report.

Click here for the podcast of this morning’s discussion, which starts at 24:21 minutes into the program.  Or watch the program on CT-N, starting at 23:41.

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To Whom Is State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky Accountable?

In recent days Governor Malloy has expressed his extreme impatience and displeasure with the length of time it is taking Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III to release his own final report of the tragic events of December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  (I say “his own final report” because the State Police are preparing their own investigative report, as is customary.  It needs to be released as well.  A highly redacted “executive summary” by Mr. Sedensky is not sufficient.)

Governor Malloy has stated of the prosecutors in the Danbury State’s Attorney’s office, “They don’t work for me. If they did, this report would have been out already.”

Governor Malloy is not passing the buck.  He is absolutely accurate in stating that he does not control Connecticut’s State’s Attorneys.  But if the governor is not in charge of them, who is? Read the rest of this entry »