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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant

Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Attorney Suspended For Impersonating Fellow Lawyer

courant.com — Joseph Elder, a Hartford attorney who impersonated a fellow lawyer 11 years ago, spawning a long-running feud between the pair, will be barred from practicing law for a year, a Superior Court judge has ruled. In a harshly worded decision, Judge Antonio C.

Heroin Deaths Jump In Connecticut; Push Past 300 In 2014

courant.com — Heroin deaths have increased dramatically across Connecticut over the past three years, with the drug playing a direct role in 306 fatalities last year, state medical examiner records reveal. In combination with other drugs or alone, heroin was a keyfactor in 222 deaths in 2013 and 100 in 2012.
Jul 12, 2015

Heroin Deaths Jump In Connecticut; Push Past 300 In 2014 - Hartford Courant courant.com/news/connectic…

Jul 13, 2015

Connecticut last year had more than three times the deaths attributed to heroin than in 2012. courant.com/news/connectic…

Appellate Court Upholds Fraud Finding Against Mount Caritas Monastery

courant.com — The state appellate court has affirmed a jury's verdict that a self-proclaimed Benedictine monastery in Ashford defrauded a woman who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the construction of a chapel. A Superior Court jury in 2013 found that Our Lady of Mount Caritas had fraudulently misrepresented that it was a recognized Roman Catholic institution.

Yet Another Effort to Keep the Public in the Dark about the Public’s Business

courantblogs.com — It is extraordinarily well-settled law in Connecticut that personnel records related to the official conduct of our civil servants are public records that must - with rare and well-delineated exceptions - be released to members of the public, who employ those civil servants.
Jun 26, 2015

Yet Another Effort to Keep the Public in the Dark about the Public’s Business courantblogs.com/investigative-…

Military Supervisor Pays $5,500 Fine to Settle Ethics Complaint

courant.com — James E. Liss, a fired Military Department supervisor, has paid $5,500 to settle a complaint brought by the Office of State Ethics. A fired Military Department supervisor accused of using state gasoline for personal use, selling scrap metal from a state facility and directing subordinates to haul state-owned firewood to his house, has paid $5,500 to settle a complaint brought by the Office of State Ethics.

Malloy: Expand Busway Service To Manchester, East Hartford

courant.com — NEW BRITAIN - Doubling down on a controversial position, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced the new state budget will expand CTfastrak to East Hartford and Manchester. The busway between New Britain and Hartford has been so successful since it opened in late March that the state will use $6.5 million of bonding to extend it to communities on the other side of the Connecticut River, Malloy said.

Secrecy-Obsessed Bureaucrats Battle for Coveted “Golden Padlock Award”

courantblogs.com — When the Boston Globe sought records related to crashes involving Massachusetts State Police cars, the agency said it would be happy to comply - for a fee of $62,200. The agency was also willing to release a log of public-records requests - for $42,750.
Jun 02, 2015

The hunt is on for "the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States.” bit.ly/1Qng9XG #IRE #GoldenPadlock

Hartford Should Stay Course On Crime-Fighting, Experts Say

courant.com — A generation ago, Hartford leaders responded to a surge in violence by flooding the streets with state and local police, stopping and searching suspected troublemakers, often with little or no probable cause. That aggressive show of force worried civil libertarians, but was mostly embraced by frightened city dwellers.

Banned Donors Skirt Law Designed To Prevent Pay-To-Play

articles.courant.com — Massachusetts developer John Fish wrote a $10,000 check to the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee last year, only to have it returned because his business, Suffolk Construction, is on a list of companies whose executives are barred from giving money to state campaigns.
May 29, 2015

Here's The Courant's 2014 story exposing how banned donors skirt the law to contribute to Democratic candidates: articles.courant.com/2014-07-13/new…

Charity Fraud Charges: Four Down, Hundreds to Go

courantblogs.com — The fraud case brought against four spectacularly inefficient cancer charities is welcome news to watchdogs who have studied the fleecing of generous donors by unscrupulous nonprofits. But it is only the tip of the iceberg. Americans donate hundreds of billions of dollars each year to more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations.
May 21, 2015

Fraud charges against "sham" cancer charities: Four down, hundreds to go. bit.ly/1ei2O76

May 21, 2015

RT @MatthewKauffman: Fraud charges against "sham" cancer charities: Four down, hundreds to go. bit.ly/1ei2O76

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Jul 31, 2015

RT @CaroMT: Is radical transparency always a good thing? @matthewkauffman @OpenTheGov @indiviglio join me @HuffPostLive to discuss 3pmET

Jul 08, 2015

Corrupt cricket officials - if there are any - are panicking right about now. twitter.com/derekwillis/st…

Jul 06, 2015

Wisc. pols dump #FOI-gutting legislation, promise #transparency - but won’t reveal who wrote law in the first place. bit.ly/1J0zx8K

Jun 25, 2015

Public employees. Public records. But public agencies still try to keep it all secret. bit.ly/A9MPMV #transparency

Jun 24, 2015

The Scoop: Yet another effort to keep the public in the dark about the public’s business. bit.ly/A9MPMV #FOI

Jun 22, 2015

3rd time in a week I’ve seen a lit cigarette tossed from a car. Have never understood link between that addiction and penchant for littering

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