Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions 2016

Skakel v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19521
Skakel v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19521
Skakel v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19521

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 2002, Petitioner was found guilty of the 1975 murder of his neighbor. Nearly eight years after his conviction and after Petitioner’s prior unsuccessful challenges to his conviction, Petitioner filed…

Nutmeg Housing Development Corp. v. Colchester  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19551

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the owner of a parcel of land in the Town of Colchester, challenged the Town’s assessment of the property for the tax year 2011. The Colchester Board of Assessment Appeals upheld the Town’s original valuation.…

Dattco, Inc. v. Commissioner of Transportation (Dissent)
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19558
Dattco, Inc. v. Commissioner of Transportation  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19558

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were four bus companies operating buses over routes in and around the cities of New Britian and Hartford. Each plaintiff had authority to operate a bus service over a specific route pursuant to a certificate…

State v. Samuel M.  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19578

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged by criminal information with sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child. Based on the seriousness of the offenses and the allegation that Defendant’s conduct occurred when he…

Balloli v. New Haven Police Dept. (Dissent)
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19584
Balloli v. New Haven Police Department  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19584

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was employed as a police officer by Defendant when he was injured. The Workers’ Compensation Commissioner dismissed Plaintiff’s claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits, concluding that Plaintiff had not…

State v. Delgado  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19663

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Defendant was sentenced to sixty-five years imprisonment without parole for crimes that he committed when he was a juvenile. Under recent changes to juvenile sentencing law, a juvenile who has been convicted of…

State v. Boyd  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19673

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder. Defendant committed the crime when he was seventeen years old. In 1992, Defendant was sentenced to fifty years’ imprisonment without parole. In 2013, Defendant filed a motion to correct…

Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. (Order on Motion)
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC19516
Graham v. Olson Wood Associates, Inc.  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC19626

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Plaintiff’s decedent filed notices of claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. The Commission assigned the decedent’s claims to its asbestos docket for adjudication. After the decedent died, Plaintiff,…

In re Jayce O.  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC19669

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commissioner of Children and Families filed a petition for termination of Mother’s parental rights to her minor child. The trial court terminated Mother’s parental rights. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1)…

Burton v. Commissioner of Environmental Protection  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19664

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against the Commissioner of Environmental Protection (Commissioner) and Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc. (Dominion) alleging that the operation of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station owned…

Connecticut National Mortgage Co. v. Knudsen  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19672

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1989, Connecticut National Mortgage Company brought this action seeking to foreclose a mortgage on a parcel of real property owned by Defendant. The trial court rendered a judgment of foreclosure in 1994. That…

State v. Benedict  
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19549

Justia Opinion Summary: After a second jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of one count of sexual assault in the fourth degree. The Appellate Court affirmed, concluding that the trial court properly denied Defendant’s request to strike a…

In re Daniel N. (Concurrence)
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19731
In re Daniel N.  
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19731

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court terminated the parental rights of Father to his child. The trial court filed the memorandum of decision terminating Father’s parental rights approximately two weeks after publication of the Supreme…

State v. Bouknight  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC19326

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, carrying a pistol without a permit, and criminal possession of a pistol or revolver. The trial court sentenced…

State v. Agron  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC19499

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Angel Agron was arrested and charged with several offenses. The trial court set bail on these charges in an amount totaling $20,000. 3-D Bail Bonds (Plaintiff) executed a bail on that amount, and Agron was…

Holston v. New Haven Police Dept. (Concurrence)
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC19631
Holston v. New Haven Police Department  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC19631

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Plaintiff was hired by Defendant, the New Haven Police Department, as a police officer. In 2011, Plaintiff suffered a myocardial infarction. Plaintiff later filed a claim for benefits under Conn. Gen. Stat.…

Strycharz v. Cady (Dissent)
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19507
Strycharz v. Cady  
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19507

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff commenced this action against Defendants, the superintendent of schools for the Town and the principal of Bacon Academy, among others, after he was struck by a vehicle at the school’s driveway. Plaintiff…

Price v. Independent Party of CT--State Central  
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC19769

Justia Opinion Summary: After party caucuses hosted by the two factions comprising the state’s Independent Party, two different nominees for the United States Senate were certified to the secretary of state. The Independent Party of CT-State…

State v. Bellamy (Concurrence)
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19337
State v. Bellamy (Concurrence)
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19337
State v. Bellamy  
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19337

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of murder and other crimes. Defendant appealed, claiming, inter alia, that the jury instructions on the issue of the accuracy of an identification were…

State v. Herring (Concurrence)
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19383
State v. Herring (Concurrence)
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19383
State v. Herring  
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19383

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of a cannabis-type substance and possession of one kilogram or more of a cannabis-type substance with intent to sell as an…

Sowell v. DiCara
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19534
Keller v. Keller
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC19537
Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. (Concurrence)
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: SC19516
Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. (Concurrence)
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: SC19516
Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp.  
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: SC19516

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this action against The Boy Scouts of America Corporation alleging that, while he was a member of the Boy Scouts during the mid-1970s, he was sexually abused during scouting activities by his Boy Scout…

Connery v. Gieske  
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: SC19563

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff contested the legality of the decedent’s will. Plaintiff then filed a second notice of claim seeking reimbursement of money advanced to the decedent. A number of motions subsequently followed, along with an…

Pacific Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Champion Steel, LLC  
Date: September 27, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19402, SC19403

Justia Opinion Summary: James Doughty was injured during the course of his employment with Connecticut Reliable Welding, LLC (Reliable). Pacific Insurance Company, Ltd. (Pacific) had issued an insurance policy providing workers’ compensation…

Bozelko v. Papastavros  
Date: September 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19495

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant served as Plaintiff’s defense counsel in a criminal jury trial in which Plaintiff was convicted of fourteen offenses. While awaiting sentencing, Plaintiff filed this action against Defendant, alleging legal…

State v. Nathaniel S.  
Date: September 27, 2016
Docket Number: SC19592

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the legislature amended the juvenile transfer statute to increase the age of a child whose case was subject to an automatic transfer to the regular criminal docket by one year, to fifteen years old. Automatic…

Hornung v. Hornung (Dissent)
Date: September 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC19361
Hornung v. Hornung (Dissent)
Date: September 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC19361
Hornung v. Hornung  
Date: September 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC19361

Justia Opinion Summary: Incident to the dissolution of his marriage to Plaintiff, Defendant was ordered to pay lump sum alimony in the amount of $7.5 million and attorney’s fees in the amount of $140,000. Defendant appealed, arguing that the…

State v. Edmonds (Concurrence)
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19389
State v. Edmonds (Concurrence)
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19389
State v. Edmonds (Dissent)
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19389
State v. Edmonds  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19389

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional plea of nolo contendere to possession of narcotics with intent to sell and failure to appear in the first degree. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in denying…

State v. Wang  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: SC19637

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with murder and other offenses. In 2010, the trial court found Defendant incompetent to stand trial. Thereafter, a judge found that Defendant had been restored to competency and granted his motion…

State v. Ruocco (Dissent)
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19387
State v. Ruocco  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19387

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty by a jury of burglary in the third degree and larceny in the third degree. The Appellate Court reversed defendant's convictions, concluding that it was plain error for the trial court not to…

Estate of Rock v. Univ. of Conn.  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19465

Justia Opinion Summary: James Rock (the decedent) was employed by the University of Connecticut for more than thirty-five years before he died from a form of cancer that can be caused by occupational exposure to asbestos. The decedent never…

Harrington v. Freedom of Info. Comm’n  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC19586

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission after the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (Defendant) failed to promptly produce certain requested communications. Defendant provided some…

LaFrance v. Lodmell (Concurrence)
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19614, SC19615
LaFrance v. Lodmell  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19614, SC19615

Justia Opinion Summary: Before they were married, Wife and Husband entered a prenuptial agreement. Approximately ten years later, Wife brought a marital dissolution action against Husband. In accordance with an agreement to arbitrate in the…

Newland v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19381
Newland v. Comm’r of Corr.  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19381

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of sexual assault and risk of injury. Petitioner failed to appeal from the judgment of conviction. Thereafter, Petitioner filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus…

Sousa v. Sousa (Dissent)
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19504
Sousa v. Sousa  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19504

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appeals, upon the court's grant of his petition for certification, from the judgment of the Appellate Court reversing the judgment of the trial court denying a motion of defendant to vacate a prior judgment by…

State v. Connecticut Employees Union Independent (Concurrence)
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19590
State v. Conn. Employees Union Indep.  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC19590

Justia Opinion Summary: Grievant, a state employee and a member of a Union, was terminated after he was caught smoking marijuana. The Union contested Grievant’s termination. Concluding that complete termination of Grievant’s conduct was not the…

State v. Daniel W. E. (Concurrence)
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19341
State v. Daniel W. E.  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19341

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in the first degree and one count of risk of injury to a child. The Supreme Court affirmed as modified, holding (1) the trial court properly…

In re James O., Jr. (Concurrence)
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19579
In re James O.  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19579

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court terminated Mother’s parental rights as to her two minor children and appointed the Commissioner of Children and Families as the children's statutory parent. The Appellate Court affirmed. Mother appealed,…

State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Tully  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19600

Justia Opinion Summary: Child Doe brought a civil action against Mark Tully, alleging that Tully negligently sexually assaulted Doe while he was intoxicated. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company previously issued a homeowners insurance policy…

Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC19248

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court found that VitalWorks, Inc. and Cerner Physician Associates, Inc. (together, Defendants) violated the Connecticut Unfair trade Practices Act (CUTPA) by making misrepresentations during the sale of…

State v. Gould (Concurrence)
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC19471
State v. Gould  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC19471

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of sexual assault in the first degree. The Appellate Court affirmed the conviction, concluding that the trial court erred in excluding a prospective juror for cause on the…

Budziszewski v. Comm’r of Corr.  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC19599

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Petitioner pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. After Petitioner was released from custody, federal authorities entered a final order of…

State v. Dickson (Concurrence)
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19385
State v. Dickson (Concurrence)
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19385
State v. Dickson (Concurrence)
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19385
State v. Dickson  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19385

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with several offenses after shooting Albert Weibel during an attempted robbery. Before trial, Defendant moved to preclude Weibel from making an in-court identification of Defendant, arguing that…

Giannoni v. Commissioner of Transportation (Dissent)
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19522
Giannoni v. Comm’r of Transp.  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19522

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicholas Giannoni was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along a state highway. The highway ended at a private driveway and lawn and led directly to a stream culvert. When the sidewalk ended, Nicholas inadvertently rode…

Geysen v. Securitas Security Servs. USA, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19545

Justia Opinion Summary: After hiring Plaintiff, Defendant-employer amended its sales commission plan. At dispute in this case was a revised commission provision, which provided that Plaintiff’s commissions would not be paid unless Defendant had…

Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC (Concurrence)
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19589
Velecela v. All Habitat Servs., LLC  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19589

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s husband was employed by Defendant. Plaintiff discovered her husband’s dead body beneath a vehicle when bringing lunch to him at work. Plaintiff received survivors’ benefits under Defendant’s workers’…

Gonzalez v. O. & G. Industries, Inc. (Dissent)
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19377
Gonzalez v. O. & G. Indus., Inc.  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19377

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant served as the general contractor for the construction of a gas fired power plant and implemented a contractor controlled insurance program (CCIP) to centralize the purchasing of workers’ compensation insurance…

State v. Francis  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19378

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1992, Defendant was convicted of murder. In 2010, Defendant filed a third motion to correct an illegal sentence. The trial court denied the motion on the merits. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court…

State v. Wright  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19411

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court violated his right to present a defense by limiting his cross-examination of investigating police officers as to…

Shannon v. Commissioner of Housing (Dissent)
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19562
Shannon v. Comm’r of Housing  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19562

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was a registered sex offender when he was admitted to the state rental assistance program. Thereafter, the legislature promulgated section 17b-812-13(9) of the Regulations of Connecticut States Agencies, which…

In re Egypt E. (Dissent)
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19643, SC19644
In re Egypt E.  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19643, SC19644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commissioner of Children and Families (Petitioner) filed petitions to terminate the parental rights of Mother and Father (together, Respondents) to their two minor children. The trial court granted the petitions.…

Webb v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC18857
Webb v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC18857

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of capital felony and other crimes. Petitioner was sentenced to death. Petitioner later filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, raising several challenges to his death…

State v. Perez (Dissent)
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19285
State v. Perez  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19285

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant, the former mayor of the city of Hartford, was convicted of bribe receiving, fabricating evidence, and larceny by extortion. The State had charged Defendant with the offenses in two separate…

Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19496

Justia Opinion Summary: Brenda Puryear filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities on behalf of her minor daughter, Sarah, alleging that Echo Hose Ambulance and the city of Shelton had discriminated and retaliated…

State v. Arias  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19587

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree and sexual assault in the third degree. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court properly denied Defendant’s motion to…

Gershuny v. Gershuny  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19647

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, in New York, Jerry Heller, impersonating a rabbi, presided over the marriage of Robert Gershuny and Kim Gershuny. Heller had fraudulently performed hundreds of marriages in the state. In 2002, the New York…

State v. Saturno (Concurrence)
Date: July 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19602
State v. Saturno  
Date: July 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19602

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered conditional pleas of nolo contendere to one count each of manufacturing a bomb and possession of child pornography in the first degree. Defendant appealed the trial court’s denial of his motion to…

Martinez v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (Dissent)
Date: July 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19390
Martinez v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co.  
Date: July 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19390

Justia Opinion Summary: A truck being driven by an employee of Tony’s Long Wharf Transport, LLC was on an intrastate trip entirely within Connecticut when the truck collided with a car being driven by Renee Martinez, causing Martinez injuries.…

Modzelewski's Towing & Recovery, Inc. v. Comm’r of Motor Vehicles  
Date: July 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19453

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Motor Vehicles found that Plaintiff, a towing service, had overcharged for the nonconsensual towing of a motor vehicle trailer and ordered Plaintiff to pay restitution in the amount of $12,787 to the…

Raymond's Auto Repair, LLC v. Comm’r of Motor Vehicles  
Date: July 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19454

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Motor Vehicles found that Raymond’s Auto Repair, LLC had overcharged for the use of its rotator truck to recover a damaged vehicle prior to the actual towing of that vehicle. The hearing officer ordered…

State v. Banks (Concurrence)
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19246
State v. Banks  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19246

Justia Opinion Summary: Conn. Gen. Stat. 54-102 authorizes the Commissioner of Correction to collect DNA samples from incarcerated felons in order to maintain a DNA data bank to assist in criminal investigations. In 1997, Defendant was…

State v. Drakes  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19247

Justia Opinion Summary: Conn. Gen. Stat. 54-102 authorizes the Commissioner of Correction to collect DNA samples from incarcerated felons in order to maintain a DNA data bank to assist in criminal investigations. In 2005, Defendant pleaded…

Indian Spring Land Co. v. Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19591

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indian Spring Land Company (Plaintiff), the owner of an unimproved tract of land, filed an application to construct a gravel access road subject to certain conditions. The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency of…

Reynolds v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: SC19071
Reynolds v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: SC19071
Reynolds v. Comm'r of Corr.  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: SC19071

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioner was convicted by a three-judge​ panel and sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer in December, 1992. The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence in 2003 and the U.S.…

Jackson v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: SC19360
Horn v. Comm’r of Corr.  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: SC19364

Justia Opinion Summary: After a joint jury trial with his codefendant, Petitioner was convicted of ten charges arising from a murder and robbery. The Appellate Court affirmed. Petitioner thereafter filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus,…

State v. Sabato  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19406, SC19407

Justia Opinion Summary: Lopez-Gay, with Sabato and others, was at a Danbury nightclub, when her cell phone was stolen. She used an application on her computer to track its location to the Danbury Mall. Danbury police were unable to find it.…

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc. v. Freedom of Info. Comm’n  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19593, SC19594

Justia Opinion Summary: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc. (Plaintiff) submitted a freedom of information request to the University of Connecticut Health Center (Defendant) for correspondence between Defendant and the National…

State v. Devon D.  
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19379

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of several crimes arising from his sexual assault of his three biological children, a daughter and two sons. The Appellate Court reversed, concluding that the trial court…

State v. Buhl  
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19412, SC19413

Justia Opinion Summary: After a court trial, Defendant was convicted of breach of the peace in the second degree and harassment in the second degree. The Appellate Court reversed Defendant’s conviction for breach of the peace on the grounds of…

State v. Brawley  
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19441

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged the Appellate Court's conclusion that he is not entitled to a new trial even though the record provides no support for the ruling of the trial court requiring that he remain shackled during his…

Cefaratti v. Aranow (Dissent)
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19443
Cefaratti v. Aranow
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19443
Cefaratti v. Aranow  
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19444

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against Jonathan S. Aranow, Shoreline, and Middlesex, alleging that Aranow had left a surgical sponge in plaintiff’s abdominal cavity during gastric bypass surgery. She further alleged that…

In re Oreoluwa O. (Dissent)
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19501
In re Oreoluwa O.  
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: SC19501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Appellate Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court terminating the parental rights of father as to his minor son. Father and mother currently live in Nigeria. Father appealed and argued that the Appellate Court…

State v. Peeler (Concurrence)
Date: June 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC18125
State v. Peeler (Concurrence)
Date: June 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC18125
State v. Peeler (Concurrence)
Date: June 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC18125
State v. Peeler (Dissent)
Date: June 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC18125
State v. Peeler (Dissent)
Date: June 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC18125
State v. Peeler
Date: June 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC18125
State v. Connor  
Date: May 17, 2016
Docket Number: SC19421

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with a number of crimes in connection with the abduction of his former wife. The trial judge found Defendant competent to represent himself at trial and permitted Defendant to represent himself. A…

McKeon v. Lennon
Date: May 17, 2016
Docket Number: SC19470
Styslinger v. Brewster, Park, LLC
Date: May 17, 2016
Docket Number: SC19489
State v. Smith (Concurrence)
Date: May 10, 2016
Docket Number: SC19322
State v. Smith  
Date: May 10, 2016
Docket Number: SC19322

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of assault in the second degree. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court’s denial of his motion to suppress his statements to the police made during his…

Pikula v. Dep’t of Social Servs.  
Date: May 10, 2016
Docket Number: SC19533

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the beneficiary of a testamentary trust, entered a long-term care facility in 2012, at which time she applied for financial and medical assistance under Medicaid. The Department of Social Services denied the…

Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Concurrence)
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Number: SC19232
Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Number: SC19232

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former smoker and cancer survivor, brought an action in federal district court against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company pursuant to Connecticut’s Product Liability Act under theories of strict liability and…

State v. King (Dissent)
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Number: SC19339
State v. King  
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Number: SC19339

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of both intentional and reckless assault in the first degree. Defendant filed a motion for a new trial, arguing that the convictions were legally inconsistent. The trial court…

Hinds v. Commissioner of Correction (S19394 Dissent)
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19393, SC19394
Hinds v. Commissioner of Correction (Dissent)
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19393, SC19394
Hinds v. Comm’r of Corr.  
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19393, SC19394

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree. Thereafter, in State v. Salamon and Luurtsema v. Comm’r of Corr. (Luurtsema II), the Supreme Court overruled its overly…

Costello v. Goldstein & Peck, P.C.  
Date: May 3, 2016
Docket Number: SC19475

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a married couple proceeding as self-represented parties, commenced a legal malpractice action against Defendants by way of a complaint and a summons. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on the…

Neighborhood Assn., Inc. v. Limberger (Dissent)
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19509
Neighborhood Ass’n v. Limberger  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19509

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was the homeowner’s association for a common interest community. Defendant owned a condominium unit in the community. Pursuant to a "standard collection policy" adopted by Plaintiff in 2011, Plaintiff brought…

State v. Wright (Concurrence)
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19233, SC19234
State v. Wright  
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19233, SC19234

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count each of conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the first degree, and…

State v. Anthony D. (Dissent)
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19382
State v. Anthony D.  
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19382

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a guilty plea under the Alford doctrine to one count of sexual assault in the first degree. At the sentencing hearing, Defendant requested that he be permitted to withdraw his plea. The trial court…

Hart v. Federal Express Corp.  
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19523

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff allegedly suffered heart problems and psychological injuries during the course of his employment with Defendant, FedEx. The Workers’ Compensation Commissioner found that Plaintiff’s physical and psychological…

Miller v. Appellate Court  
Date: April 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19436

Justia Opinion Summary: After being sanctioned, Plaintiff, an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Connecticut, was suspended from practice before the Appellate Court for a period of six months. Plaintiff filed a writ of error,…

State v. Brundage (Dissent)
Date: March 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC19308
State v. Brundage  
Date: March 22, 2016
Docket Number: SC19308

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in the first degree and two counts of risk of injury to a child. On appeal, Defendant challenged his convictions on statute of limitations grounds. The Appellate…

State v. Rodriguez  
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19199

Justia Opinion Summary: In two separate cases, in 2005 and 2007, Defendant was convicted of two offenses. In 2009, the trial court found that Defendant violated the conditions of his probation and sentenced him to serve the entirety of his…

State v. Jamison  
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19409

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of illegal possession of an explosive and manufacturing a bomb. The Appellate Court reversed in part the judgment of the trial court, concluding that the trial court committed…

State v. Peterson  
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19414

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional plea of nolo contendere to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Prior to entering the plea, Defendant moved to suppress evidence seized from his vehicle, claiming that…

Lewis v. Clarke  
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19464

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed an action against Defendant alleging that they sustained injuries as a result of Defendant’s negligence. The accident underlying Plaintiffs’ claims occurred while Defendant was acting within the scope of…

Standard Oil of Conn., Inc. v. Adm’r, Unemployment Comp. Act  
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19493

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, the Department of Labor determined that that certain individuals who provided services for Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. (Plaintiff) were misclassified as independent contractors rather than as employees and…

State v. Maietta  
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: SC19524

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to harassment in the second degree and criminal trespass in the first degree and was sentenced to one year incarceration, execution suspended, and two years of probation. Defendant was later…

State v. Peeler  
Date: March 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC19282

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted in two consolidated cases of attempted murder, two counts of risk of injury to a child, and murder. The Supreme Court reversed, concluding that the trial court improperly…

State v. Carter
Date: March 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC19384
Fairfield Merrittview Ltd. Partnership v. Norwalk (Dissent)
Date: March 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC19373
Fairfield Merrittview Ltd. P’ship v. City of Norwalk  
Date: March 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC19373

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a partnership and an LLC, were related entities with common owners. The partnership acquired a commercial office complex and later transferred ownership of the property to the LLC. In 2008, the City of…

NPC Offices, LLC v. Kowaleski  
Date: March 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC19408

Justia Opinion Summary: The predecessors of Plaintiff and Defendants entered into a right-of-way agreement that created an express easement for the benefit of property owned by Plaintiff over a driveway located on the property owned by…

State v. Leconte  
Date: February 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19258

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of crimes committing during a string of armed robberies in the cities of Stamford and Norwalk and the town of Greenwich. Defendant appealed, arguing (1) his constitutional…

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. v. Malloy  
Date: February 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19376

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the legislature amended the statutes governing Connecticut’s public land records system to create a two-tiered system in which a nominee of a mortgagee operating a national electronic database to track…

Studer v. Studer  
Date: February 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC19508

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, the marriage of Beverly Studer and John Studer was dissolved in Florida. In 2003, John moved in Connecticut Superior Court to modify the amount of his child support and alimony obligations. The superior court…

State v. Obas  
Date: February 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19290

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant filed an application to be exempted from continued registration as a sex offender pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 54-251(b). Following contested hearings, the trial court exempted Defendant from the continued…

State v. Roman  
Date: February 9, 2016
Docket Number: SC19474

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder, assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a pistol, and risk of injury to a child. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion in failing to conduct…

Wheelabrator Bridgeport, L.P. v. Bridgeport (Concurrence)
Date: February 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19288
Wheelabrator Bridgeport, L.P. v. Bridgeport  
Date: February 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19288

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Wheelabrator Bridgeport, L.P., which operates a waste to energy facility in the city of Bridgeport, appealed from the tax assessment of the City, alleging that the city had overvalued the property on the city’s…

Caruso v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals  
Date: February 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19380

Justia Opinion Summary: The Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Meriden granted a variance to Mark Development, LLC to use a parcel of real property located in a regional development zone as a used car dealership on the grounds that the…

McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc.  
Date: February 2, 2016
Docket Number: SC19480

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was the widow and presumptive dependent of Decedent. Decedent was employed as a photograph engraver and was later diagnosed with disabling pulmonary fibrosis as a result of his work exposure to toxins. Decedent…

State v. Berrios  
Date: January 26, 2016
Docket Number: SC19494

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of robbery in the first degree. Defendant appealed, asserting that the trial court erred in denying his motion for a mistrial on the ground that his mother had tampered with…

State v. Jason B.  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19446

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree, among other crimes. The trial court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment followed by probation. Defendant filed a motion to correct an illegal…

Isabella D. v. Dep’t of Children & Families  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19451

Justia Opinion Summary: After an investigation, the Department of Children and Families found that an alleged perpetrator was responsible for sexual abuse and emotional neglect of Plaintiff and placed the alleged perpetrator’s name on the…

State v. Victor O.  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19459

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree, among other crimes. The trial court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment of twelve years for his conviction of sexual assault in the first degree,…

Dairyland Ins. Co. v. Mitchell  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: SC19482

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent was a passenger in his own vehicle when the vehicle was involved in an automobile accident, killing Decedent. The vehicle was being driven by Decedent’s friend (Driver) at the time of the accident and was…

Wheeler v. Beachcroft  
Date: January 12, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC19355, SC19356, SC19357

Justia Opinion Summary: A nearly century old dispute among neighbors in a housing development along the Long Island Sound over access to the shore has given rise to numerous actions, two of which have reached the Supreme Court over the past…

DeNunzio v. DeNunzio  
Date: January 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19388

Justia Opinion Summary: Sharon DeNunzio and Peter DeNunzio were the parents of Douglas DeNunzio, who for many years has manifested symptoms of mental distress. Sharon and Peter divorced when Douglas was a minor. Shortly after Douglas’…

State v. Dyous
Date: January 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19410
State v. Davaloo  
Date: January 12, 2016
Docket Number: SC19416

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder. The appellate court affirmed, concluding that Defendant’s statements to her husband were not protected by the marital communications privilege pursuant to Conn. Gen.…

Southport Congregational Church-United Church of Christ v. Hadley  
Date: January 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19398

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent entered into a contract for the sale of a parcel of real property to Buyer. Before entering into the contract, Decedent specifically devised the property to Plaintiff, a church, in his will. After Decedent died,…

J.E. Robert Co. v. Signature Props., LLC  
Date: January 5, 2016
Docket Number: SC19483

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant executed a promissory note secured by a mortgage and security agreement on Defendant's property. Guarantors guaranteed the note and mortgage. Plaintiff later foreclosed on the property. Thereafter, Plaintiff…

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