IN THE HEADLINES
►Law Offices of Hubert J. Santos: Hubert J. Santos (criminal defense: general practice; criminal defense: white-collar; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, 1983) continues to represent Michael Skakel during an appeal over his 2002 murder conviction, which involved the death of Skakel’s teenage neighbor, Martha Moxley. Skakel is currently free from prison and has been since 2013 when the Supreme Court ruled that he had been denied a fair trial. The Supreme Court has since narrowly reversed that decision, but Skakel remains free due to his current appeal. The justices are now weighing “The failure of Skakel’s trial lawyer to call an alibi witness who says he saw Skakel miles away from the crime scene at the time Moxley is believed to have been killed,” according to the Hartford Courant.
► Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder: Antonio Ponvert III (civil rights law, 2011) is representing the brother of a man who suffered repeated abuse by staff at the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital. The lawsuit states that William Shehadi Jr., the 59-year-old man whose family alleges his abuse, received “daily mistreatment, degradation, physical assaults, ridicule, and other forms of brutal and inhumane psychological, emotional, and physical torture.” State police arrested 10 staff members in their investigation of Shehadi Jr.’s case. In total, 37 staff members have been placed on administrative leave, as reported in The Connecticut Mirror.
► Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly: Daniel Livingston (labor and employment law; labor law – union; litigation – labor and employment, 1997) cited a 2016 Stanford University study during a meeting between labor leaders and commissioners regarding Connecticut’s tax policy. The study, which favored the union position, showed that millionaires tended not to move out of state when taxes increased, as the wealthy are “embedded in the regions where they achieve success.” Livingston argued for a more progressive tax system, citing the “fairness tax plan” introduced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as an example.
► Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante: Charles E. Tiernan III (criminal defense: white collar; criminal defense: general practice; DUI/DWI defense, 2007) is representing the friend of a Guilford teenager who died from an accidental discharge while playing with a gun. Sources told investigators that Ethan Song, 15, and his friend thought the gun was not loaded at the time of Song’s death. Much about the circumstances around the shooting is still unknown, and police have neither confirmed nor denied that the boys could have been playing Russian roulette.
► Brown Paindiris & Scott: Richard R. Brown (criminal defense: general practice; criminal defense: white-collar, 1991) is representing James C. Duckett Jr., who is facing five years in prison after his conviction for fraud and money laundering. The charges stemmed from Duckett Jr.’s “failed attempt to rebuild Hartford’s Dillon Stadium and bring professional soccer to the city,” according to the Journal Inquirer.
► McGann, Bartlett & Brown: William C. Brown (workers compensation law – employers, 1995) has been awarded Pomeranz-O’Brien Award by the Worker’s Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. Brown was recognized for his “exemplary service to the workers’ compensation system and community,” the CBA wrote in a press release.
► Casper & de Toledo takes on sexual harassment case.
Casper & de Toledo: Victoria de Toledo (employment law – individuals; litigation – labor and employment, 1993) is representing Lynn Mason, a nursing home employee, in her case against Christopher von Keyserling, a Republican politician from Connecticut. Mason claims that shortly after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency in 2016, von Keyserling “grabbed her groin soon after, saying that he ‘loves this new world,’ and that he ‘doesn’t have to be politically correct anymore,’” according to WNPR.org.
After reviewing the evidence, Mason and her husband have alleged that a portion of the security footage necessary to corroborate Mason’s timeline of the assault has gone missing. Allen Brown, the director of the Nathaniel Witherell, the nursing home where the assault took place, told WNPR that the security system discontinues recording when it no longer senses motion in the room. De Toledo, also speaking to WNPR, disputed Brown’s justification for the missing time: “We know that people were not just standing there, kind of doing nothing… We know that things were happening.”
Greenwich police, who are under scrutiny because of the lost footage, have claimed themselves to be “impartial fact-finders” in the case.
Von Keyserling has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge but did admit to an incident with Mason. Von Keyserling says his behavior was a “joke,” and the grope was a “little pinch,” according to court records cited by WNPR.