Chief State’s Attorney’s Meeting

Minutes of the Meeting of May 18, 2015
Office of the Chief State’s Attorney
Rocky Hill, Connecticut

The meeting was called to order at 12:43 p.m. by Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane.

In attendance were: Deputy Chief State’s Attorneys Leonard C. Boyle and John Russotto; State’s Attorneys David Cohen (Stamford-Norwalk), Michael Dearington (New Haven), Gail P. Hardy (Hartford), Kevin D. Lawlor (Ansonia-Milford), Maureen Platt (Waterbury), Brian Preleski (New Britain), Michael L. Regan (New London), Stephen J. Sedensky III (Danbury), David Shepack (Litchfield) and John Smriga (Fairfield).

Also present: Executive Assistant State’s Attorneys Brian Austin, Jr., and Michael A. Gailor, and Communications and Legislative Specialist Mark A. Dupuis.

Chief State’s Attorney Kane introduced guests Senior Assistant State’s Attorneys Stephanie A. Damiani and Judy Stevens from Geographical Area No. 2, Bridgeport, who gave a presentation on the recently published Prosecutor’s Deskbook: Family Violence, the Family Justice Center and issues related to domestic violence.

The meeting was recessed at 1:32 p.m. to allow the State’s Attorneys’ Advisory Board to conduct its monthly meeting.

The meeting resumed at 1:33 p.m. State’s Attorney Platt made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 20, 2015, meeting. The motion was seconded by State’s Attorney Lawlor and passed unanimously.

Chief Inspector James Hankard gave a presentation on a draft policy concerning the role of Inspectors in an "active shooter" incident. The State’s Attorneys will review the draft for action at the next meeting.

Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Russotto reported that the General Assembly is continuing its deliberations on the budget. The intention is to fill no positions until the new budget is adopted.

Chief State’s Attorney Kane reported on pending legislation.

Executive Assistant State’s Attorney Austin reported that the State’s Attorneys have received updated information on all prosecutors’ compliance with training requirements. State’s Attorneys who need assistance in planning their office’s participation in the Annual Professional Development Conference for Prosecutors should contact Attorney Austin.

Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Boyle reported that all Judicial Districts will receive one copy of the "Black Book" on Connecticut criminal law. Inspectors will no longer each receive a copy.

There being no further business, State’s Attorney Platt made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Boyle and passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 p.m.