Monthly Archives: September 2012

Perez Attorneys Continue Former Mayor’s Appeal

Attorneys for former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez have filed what should be their final brief before the appeal of his criminal conviction goes to court.

Perez was convicted in 2010 on multiple corruption-related offices. He later resigned his office.

Since then, he has been out of prison until the appeal of his case runs its course.

In the brief filed today, Perez’s attorneys continue their argument that the two cases against the now former mayor should not have been tried together. They also argue that combining the two cases hindered Perez’s ability to testify.

The defense is calling for an acquittal on all charges.  Alternatively, it is asking for two new trials.

The state says his appeal could be argued as early as November.

Here’s the brief.  Reply Brief

(If you’re scanning quickly, look for the section about Perez’s lie to Inspector Michael Sullivan and the effect the defense says it had on the trial.)

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Hartford’s Front Street To Get A Music Venue

After years of empty storefronts in downtown Hartford’s flagship development, things are picking up at Front Street.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, the state says a new concert venue may be the district’s newest tenant.

Here’s the story.

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CCM Highlights The Property Tax

An advocacy organization that represents towns and cities across the state is calling on the state to give more money to municipalities.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.

Here’s the story.

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Hartford Mural Art, Just Add Water

Photo: Walter Wick

Downtown Hartford has a new piece of public art — a large mural of the famous Charter Oak.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen met with the artist to talk about the project.

Here’s the story.

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Hartford: We Are Moving Ahead With Layoffs

We just checked in with city officials on Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s plan to layoff around a dozen employees to help balance his budget.  Earlier, he said those layoffs would start rolling out on Sept. 21 — that’s this week.

As that date nears, the city says in an email that “we are moving ahead with layoffs” and that a press release will be issued later this week.  Meanwhile, one of the city’s largest unions, AFSCME Local 1716, says it has a vote on a new contract with the city scheduled for next week.

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New Administrative Judge For Juvenile Matters

Connecticut has a new judge in charge of its juvenile courts.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Carol Wolven began the job earlier this month.

Here’s the story.

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Calhoun Retires

UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun has retired after 26 years and three NCAA championships.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Calhoun says this is the right time to move on.

Here’s the story.

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