Chief State's Attorney's Meeting

Minutes of August 25, 2009, Meeting

In attendance:  State's Attorneys David Cohen, John Connelly, Michael Dearington, Matthew Gedansky, Gail Hardy,  Kevin Lawlor, Paul Rotiroti for Scott Murphy, Stephen Sedensky, Daivd Shepack, John Smirga, and Maureen Platt Temchin for Timothy Liston, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane, Deputy Chief State's Attorneys Leonard Boyle, and John Russotto.

Also in attendance: Executive Assistant State's Attorney Michael Gailor

The meeting commenced at approximately 12:35 p.m. The minutes from the July 27, 2009, meeting were reviewed and unanimously approved.

Kevin Kane briefed the group on several budget issues including the total number of positions either lost to the Retirement Incentive Program (35) or to the hiring freeze (20). He emphasized the need for each office to prioritize its needs and to reorganize and consolidate where possible.

Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Shay gave a presentation on the use of Suspicious Activity Reports and the federal laws that regulate use of the reports. Mr. Shay presented several options designed to guide the State's Attorneys better access to such information.

Leonard Boyle announced that there were ten training positions reserved by P.O.S.T. in connection with white collar crime investigations and prosecutions. He also announced that based on the initiative of Glastonbury Chief of Police Thomas Sweeney, P.O.S.T. is in the process of putting together a more basic entry level white collar investigation course.

Mr. Boyle also led a discussion concerning the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Melendez-Diaz case.

Mr. Kane led a discussion concerning anticipated/proposed rule changes to sections 3.8 and 4.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:45 p.m.