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This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

When we comment on cases, we do so with care, but you should always read the cases yourself before using them for any reason.

When one of us muses on matters, it may or may not reflect the innermost thoughts of the others. Feel free to ask.

If we talk about a case in which we represented a party, we’ll let you know it was ours.

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​We are currently experiencing an apocalypse.  No, not the end-of-the-world kind that is frequently the subject of sci-fi movies, even if it feels like it at times.  Rather, we are experiencing an apocalypse in its original sense.  The word apocalypse come from the Gre...

January 25, 2017

Among the cases the Connecticut Supreme Court worked furiously to complete before Justice Peter Zarella left the court to return to private practice was State v. Kono, 324 Conn. 80 (2016). The court held in a 6-1 decision that a warrantless canine sniff at the door of...

October 28, 2016

Parties who want to have issues reviewed on appeal bear the burden of presenting an adequate record for review.  Practice Book § 61-10.  For the most part, this means appellants must take the steps necessary so that the reviewing court has the information it needs to d...

July 8, 2016

“In physics, every action has its equal and opposite reaction.  In politics, every action has its predicable overreaction.”

Barber v. Bryant, 2016 WL 3562647, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___ (S.D. Miss. June 30, 2016).

Just over a year ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized...

May 28, 2016

In April 2012, the Connecticut Legislature abolished the death penalty for crimes committed after the date of the act’s passage in what is known as PA 12-5. The prospective effect act meant that current death-row inmates, including the two responsible for the home inva...

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