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November 2013 Archives

Man booked on criminal charges for alleged threats against Obama

It's a federal crime to threaten harm to the President of the United States or other federal officials. A Connecticut student recently was arrested on criminal charges for threatening President Obama. He allegedly sent an email to the White House, telling the president that if he would kill him if he didn't resign from office by the end of 2013.

Criminal defense attack on conviction, new trial ordered

If a criminal defendant is convicted at trial, he or she has the right to file an appeal and if that fails, there is usually one more appeal, to the state's highest appellate court. In Connecticut and everywhere else, there are post-conviction remedies available even if the judgment is affirmed by the state's highest court. The assertion of a criminal defense after all direct appeals have been rejected can be done by filing what is called a collateral attack on the judgment of conviction.

Criminal defense attack on conviction, new trial ordered

If a criminal defendant is convicted at trial, he or she has the right to file an appeal and if that fails, there is usually one more appeal, to the state's highest appellate court. In Connecticut and everywhere else, there are post-conviction remedies available even if the judgment is affirmed by the state's highest court. The assertion of a criminal defense after all direct appeals have been rejected can be done by filing what is called a collateral attack on the judgment of conviction.

Man takes cigarettes: criminal charges of robbery, larceny filed

Most people try to steal money when they're desperate. Some might go into a store and steal food if they have a hungry baby to feed. Very few robbers or thieves would risk going to jail by stealing a single pack of cigarettes. One man, however, must have suffered overpowering nicotine withdrawal on Nov. 9 when he reportedly walked into a convenience store in New London and threatened the clerk with harm if he did not turn over a cigarette pack. Police later arrested a 46-year-old Connecticut man who they claim is the perpetrator, and filed criminal charges of robbery and larceny against him.

Connecticut legislator's domestic violence charge granted nolle

While the most common form of domestic violence that the average American citizen hears about in the media is between romantic partners, domestic violence also includes violence between family members. A Connecticut senator was recently charged with domestic violence against her sister resulting from an incident at a family picnic. However, the legislator has been granted nolle, and no criminal action will be taken against her unless she violates the terms of her agreement.