Minutes of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Meeting
January 25, 2010
January 25, 2010
The meeting was called to order at the Office of the
Chief State’s Attorney in Rocky Hill at 12:45 p.m. by ’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane. Chief State
In attendance were Chief State’s Attorney Kane, Deputy Chief State’s Attorneys Leonard C. Boyle (Operations) and John J. Russotto (Personnel, Finance and Administration) and State’s Attorneys John C. Smriga (Fairfield), David Shepack (Litchfield), Scott J. Murphy (New Britain), Patricia M. Froehlich (Windham), David I. Cohen (Stamford-Norwalk), Matthew C. Gedansky (Tolland), Timothy J. Liston (Middlesex), Kevin D. Lawlor (Ansonia-Milford), Stephen J. Sedensky III (Danbury) and Gail P. Hardy (Hartford), and Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Eva Lenczewski (Waterbury).
Also in attendance were
’s Attorney Michael A. Gailor, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist Patricia Alston and Communications Officer Mark A. Dupuis. Executive Assistant State
On a motion by Mr. Smriga, seconded by Mr. Liston and others, the minutes of the December 28, 2009, meeting were approved unanimously.
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist Patricia Alston reported on the status of the Division of Criminal Justice Affirmative Action Plan. The plan was given conditional approval by the State of
on Human Rights and Opportunities. There was discussion as to what the State’s Attorneys can do to assist the Division in addressing the issues that resulted in the conditional approval. Connecticut Commission
The State’s Attorneys were asked to give careful consideration to the decision to interview candidates for prosecutor positions who do not have experience in criminal law. Candidates from outside the Division who have applied for clerical positions should not be interviewed if they lack the required experience.
’s Attorney Kane noted that complete tracking sheets are essential to the Affirmative Action review process. Chief State
State’s Attorney Froehlich discussed the issue of the retention of records by the Connecticut State Police and instances where records had been destroyed in cases where no arrest was made or the arrestee failed to appear in court.
’s Attorney Boyle will pursue the matter with the Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police. Deputy Chief State
There was discussion of how to deal with requests brought to police departments under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act for information in pending criminal cases. The State’s Attorneys were asked to be aware of the situation and to report any problems or concerns to the
’s Attorney. Chief State
State’s Attorney Cohen reported on a meeting between himself, State’s Attorneys Froehlich and Murphy and the State of
, Michelle Cruz. The Victim Advocate has again been asked to direct all requests for information about matters involving the Division to the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District involved. Connecticut Victim Advocate
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:47 p.m.