Friday, September 29, 2006

Borden Acts to Open Up Judiciary

Acting Chief Justice David Borden has approved nearly all of the recommendations of the Public Access Task Force, and will implement some of its suggestions, including putting information about daily docket schedules, criminal convictions and attendance records of judges online, right away. The rest have to wait either for the General Assembly to act, or for approval from the state's judges.
Borden said he approved other recommendations in the report, but is unable to implement them without a vote of all the state's judges, while others will require action by the Rules Committee of the Superior Court before it goes to a vote of all the judges.

Some of these recommendations include public access to police reports used to determine probable cause in criminal matters, a recommendation to rescind a rule that seals financial affidavits in uncontested divorce cases, expansion of television coverage of both the Supreme and Appellate Courts, and a pilot program to allowed expanded coverage of criminal proceedings. (Stuart)

It may be difficult to get the judges to approve of the new rules. Some are saying that a constitutional amendment may be necessary if the judiciary can't adopt the rules themselves. Borden himself opposes such an amendment.

Still, it's good to see someone in the judiciary as committed to reform as Borden obviously is. Hopefully he'll be able to use the time he has left as acting chief justice, should he not be nominated for the position permanently, to open the courts up as much as possible.

Source
Stuart, Christine. "Chief Justice Approves Most Recommendations. CT News Junkie 28 September, 2006.

7 comments:

Brian said...

NED LAMONT HAS BIG IDEAS AND HIS EXPERIENCE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD WILL MAKE THE CONNECTICUT ECONOMY WORK

WHAT WE KNOW-
Over the last couple of weeks the only thing the Lieberman campaign has done is complain about the supposed negative attacks being made by the Lamont campaign. However, in reality, these aren’t negative attacks at all, but massive failures being pointed out through effectively constructed messages in form of television ads, radio spots, and speeches.

Also, everybody wants to isolate Ned as a one issue candidate who does not possess adequate experience to become a United States Senator, or is an individual who has a grasp of the issues facing Connecticut voters. These statements and beliefs attacking Ned’s ability to be an effective senator are dead wrong and misleading.

In hindsight, as we get closer to the debates and then election-day, people will finally realize that NED LAMONT is the better choice for United States senator.

WHAT WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES-
Firstly, we must ask ourselves what do we want in our senatorial candidate? To me the most important thing a state senator has to do to get my vote is visibly represent his state, produce results, and make it work! According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, 83% of those surveyed agreed upon that in deciding your vote for United States Senator; the ability of getting things done for Connecticut is very important. All in all, everybody is on the right page, but my question to the voters: are you going to vote on a misleading reputation or a senator who will produce results?

WHAT HAS SENATOR LIEBERMAN DONE LATELY FOR THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT OTHER THAN POINT OUT ON HIS WEBISTE THE NUMEROUS AMOUNTS OF STATE ROAD PROJECTS HE HAS HELPED GET FUNDED? ??

A.) The most important issue among voters regarding the state of Connecticut.

STATE OF THE CONNECTICUT ECONOMY
According to the organization, “Connecticut Voices For Children”, there has been a visible increase in the amount of state residents are living in poverty from 7.5% in 2000-2001 to more than 9% in 2004-2005. (ctkidslink.org) Also, this paper uncovers in explicit detail that the overall current status of the economy for working families, lower-income persons, and children has grown worse since the quick lived economic upturn since 2003 recession. The effects of our declining economy have resulted in a decrease in median household income from “$57,853 in 2000-2001 to $56,889” in 2004-2005. (ctkidslink.org). In addition, the percentage of Connecticut residents without adequate health insurance has actually increased from “10% in 2000-2001 to 11.3% in 2004-2005. (ctkindslink.org)

CONNECTICUT ECONOMIC STANDOUT PONTS-

*Median Household Income declining

*Residents without adequate health is on the rise

*Loss of over 40,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000

*Loss of over 16,000 professional-business service jobs since 2000

*Modest losses in most sectors while there has been a limited gain in others

*Modest wage increase for educated-highly skilled workers, however the increase is small in comparison when measuring it over the last 20 years. When keeping in consideration the cost of living in Ct has become expensive to extremely expensive in some parts. (usually where jobs are located)

*Wage gains of low income workers demonstrates the massive problem of Wage
Inequality among workers

*Wage inequality of black and minorities workers is significant and leads to tremendous
Amounts of poverty in lower-income or inner city communities

*Wage inequality between men and women shows significant gap….

*Wages period aren’t enough for single residents or families to maintain an economic healthy lifestyle in this state.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR FAMLIES OF CONNECTICUT
These mostly negative economic numbers, indicators and trends show both single residents and families are not finding enough sufficient financial resources to maintain an economically healthy lifestyle in this state. While some Connecticut families are finding it very difficult to remain above the poverty threshold, an increasing amount is falling below it faster than ever before. (as well as not having adequate healthcare). In summary, many individuals and working families wages aren’t financially enough to support an adequate or fulfilling lifestyle in this state. From an economic perspective this is the most imperative socioeconomic issue facing us and is a benchmark situation for Ned Lamont to fix in the senate as the next state senator.

SENATOR LIEBERMAN HASN’T MADE THIS A PUBLIC ISSUE!!

BUT HAS TRIED TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINSTRATION ON THE WAR TO GAIN VOTERS IN THIS STATE.

NOW HE VOTES IN FAVOR FOR THE MOST DISGRACEFUL UNAMERICAN BILL, IN WHICH, THE PRESIDENT POLITCIZES AS A CAMPAIGN TATICT FOR REPUBLICANS.

JOE SAID HE DOESN’T LIKE POLARIZED POLITICS……..I GUESS HE LIED!!

VOTE NED LAMONT!!!!!!!!

(I am a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor Degree in Economics. If anybody needs research assistance for this campaign or other endeavors I would be glad to help your cause.)

Brian

bluecoat said...

Schiavone Wants Debate With Freedman
By Michael C. Juliano/Westport News

Anonymous said...

WHAT?????? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!!!!

OHHHHHH!!!! YOU WANT ME TO VOTE LAMONT!!!!!

BrassBoy said...

I graduated from UConn several years ago and have a degree in Finance. Does that mean I can vote for someone other than Lamont?

What about my MBA? Does that mean I'm a Schlesinger guy or maybe a holdout for Orchulli?

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

I attended a major land-grant university and I always thought the letters in Penthouse Forum were made up but ... Oh.

Sorry.

What were we talking about again?

Ned who? And what the hell does that have to do with Borden's recommendations?

Anonymous said...

orchulli.

jack orchulli.

the achilles of republican senate candidates.

the escalade to schlesinger's cobalt

the man to schlesinger's boy

the cream in my coffee, yep, that's jack orchulli.

Anonymous said...

DeStefa-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Doesn't John DeStefano very much resemble GRIMACE from McDonald's?

http://www.mcdonalds.com.my/images/ChilinOut/ronald/rn_grimace_r.jpg