Friday, May 26, 2006

Judicial Openness Task Force Gets Underway

Task Force Formed by Justice Borden in Response to Zarella/Sullivan Scandal

A task force of lawyers, judges and journalists formed by Acting Chief Justice David Borden is looking at ways to make Connecticut's judiciary more open.
Supreme Court Justice David Borden gave the 18 members of the Judicial Public Access Task Force less than five months to make “concrete recommendations” for public access to the courts.
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The access issues that were listed on six tablets during the more than hour long brainstorming session included: What is a court record? What court proceedings should be open to the public? Should there be an appeals process for when access to records is denied? What are other states doing? What is available under the current laws? What judicial administrative records should be open and how? (Stuart)

This is an excellent step in the right direction, and I'm glad these questions are finally being studied. It sounds like Borden wants to take action on this before the next legislative session gets underway--which is when a permanent chief justice would likely be confirmed.

Frankly, I think the judicial branch already has a principled leader in Borden, whose revelation of Sullivan's wrongdoing derailed Zarella's nomination. If Rell were to nominate him for the post, it would go a long way towards repairing the damage done by Sullivan's actions.

Source

Stuart, Christine. "Gigantic Judicial Undertaking." CT News Junkie 25 May, 2006.

12 comments:

BRubenstein said...

GC Anything they can recommend to open up the judicial system to the public and the venerable 4th esate they should do. Under Rowland as you know, special litigants ( the wealthy and powerful) were able to have their cases " off the books" from public scrutiny ( usually messy divorce cases in which the wealthy and powerful would be embarressed)

Borden would be a good C.J. and was touted for it before..but Rowland appoinded Sullivan ( waterbury crony) and i suspect Rell will not appoint him.

BRubenstein said...

GC Anything they can recommend to open up the judicial system to the public and the venerable 4th esate they should do. Under Rowland as you know, special litigants ( the wealthy and powerful) were able to have their cases " off the books" from public scrutiny ( usually messy divorce cases in which the wealthy and powerful would be embarressed)

Borden would be a good C.J. and was touted for it before..but Rowland appoinded Sullivan ( waterbury crony) and i suspect Rell will not appoint him.

Gabe said...

Side Note - I have a class with Justice Borden in the fall - Statutory Interpretation. Can't wait - apparently the final paper is writing legislation - complete with mock floor debate and explanations...

bluecoat said...

Rell launches judicial study group says the Journal Inquirer. I understand she never bought in to Johnny hiding his 'wife beater' incident. And I guess she doesn't trust Borden either.

:-))

bluecoat said...

Just to be fair abuse of judicial, prosecutorial and executive power in Connectiut predated Johhny BTW and these assholes are still around.

bluecoat said...

You won't see a "Fundamental Fairness" shingle hung on the door to Damiani's chambers. He answers to a higher authority than the U.S. or Connecticut Constitutions: his own ego. For example, he tends to lock his chambers door and call lawyers in to confer with him via a public address system. He fined a lawyer $100 for being late, then threatened to disbar him. He reschedules cases without telling counsel and offers defendants one-shot deals that are offers one cannot refuse, at least in this courtroom. This "Don Corleone" of Connecticut jurisprudence rarely, if ever, finds police testimony "not credible," searches improper or individuals' rights violated by police. "In fact," an attorney said, "I can't think of a single instance when Judge Damiani gave an accused person relief based on police misconduct." Let me summarize it better: CT Superior Court Judge Richard Damiani is a cerified first class bigot, and a bully, who abuses his judicial power even as an old man -never learned how to apply his education to his cushy job; just his prejudices.

Boy doid that feel good!!!!

BRubenstein said...

Bluecoat..ive appeared before him....he is a neanderthal....are you a lawyer also?

Genghis Conn said...

Sounds very cool, Gabe!

Brass Anon said...

There are a handful of judges whom I dread appearing before, but let me tell you who the top judges are:

Richard Robinson, Howard Levine and Dan Shaban in New Britain; David Borden at the Supreme Court; Thompson (used to be in New Haven). These gentlemen are respectful of the lawyers who appear before them, and they know their stuff legally. They outshine the arrogant bastards who occasionally find their ways to the bench.

CTNewsjunkie said...

Sidebar. Have not confirmed with the Law Tribune and my subscription has run out, but I learned from a credible source that the Connecticut Law Tribune is holding its "Honors Night 2006" at the Goodwin Hotel next Wednesday, May 31, at 6 p.m.
The honorees:
Service to Profession: Justice Peter T. Zarella
Pro Bono: Richard A. Bieder (Koskoff Koskoff & Beider)
Publisher's Award for the Advancement of First Amendment Rights: Gov. M. Jodi Rell

bluecoat said...

BR: no I am not a lawyer but I have watched this guy's actions work to destroy, or at least destable, several 'troubled folks' chances for self rehabilitation. A chimpanzee can pass down a sentence on somebody who has done something really bad but after that you need somebody who understands the difference between justice and vengeance in a courtroom - Damiani doesn' fit that bill at all.

bluecoat said...

I understood the issue of prosecutors lives being at risk of threat but I never understood how changing their pensin would reduce that risk. Governor vetoes prosecutor pension bill By Keith M. Phaneuf, Journal Inquirer 5/25/2006 the bill was proposed by Morano and it was based on an emotional appeal and no common sense on his part - or on the part of the prosecutor union.